Ivy League Admission: 180 Successful Business School (MBA) Essays

Nancy L. Nolan, Ph.D.

Ivy League Admission: 180 Successful Business School (MBA) Essays

Nancy L. Nolan, Ph.D.

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Disclaimers: (1) This book is a compilation of successful admission essays; it does not claim to be the definitive word on the subject of MBA admission. The opinions expressed are the personal observations of the author based on her own experiences. They are not intended to prejudice any party. Accordingly, the author and publisher do not accept any liability or responsibility for any loss or damage that have been caused, or alleged to have been caused, through the use of information in this book. (2) Admission to business school depends on several factors in addition to a candidate's essays (including GPA, test scores, interview and reference letters). The author and publisher cannot guarantee that any applicant will be admitted to any specific school or program if (s)he follows the information in this book.

.Dedication For students everywhere. may the size of your dreams be exceeded only by your tenacity to attain them.

Acknowledgements I am deeply indebted to the students.ivyleagueadmission. This book. which was written on your behalf. I also want to thank my colleagues at www. . would not be nearly as powerful without your generous and insightful input.com for providing a constant source of support. professors and admissions officers who have shared their perceptions and frustrations about admissions essays. along with the best editorial help in the business.

Ivy League Admission: 180 Successful Business School (MBA) Essays .

Table of Contents Introduction: The MBA Admission Process The Role of Essays in the Admissions Decision Writing Tips Common Pitfalls Strengths to Highlight Successful Business School Essays: Discuss Your Post-MBA Goals Discuss Your Unique Contribution to the School A Decision You Wish You Could Change Evaluate Your Candidacy as an Admissions Officer What are Your Outside Interests? Discuss Your Most Challenging / Difficult Professional Relationship Describe How You Handled an Ethical Dilemma Discuss a Challenging Team Experience How Would You Resolve a Team Impasse? Discuss Your Strengths & Weaknesses Describe a Typical Day Discuss the Most Difficult Constructive Feedback You Have Received What Matter Most To You? Why? Addendum to Explain a Low GPA How You Would Spend a Million Dollar Gift An Historical Event You Would Have Like to Have Attended Cover Letter for MBA Admissions Committee Leadership Experience Write Your Annual Performance Review Defining Moment Situation in Which You Failed Development of Foreign Markets Comment on the Following Quotation Discuss your Favorite Book or Fictional Character Discuss an Obstacle You Have Overcome How Would You Spend a Free Day? Formulate an e-Commerce Strategy for Your Company Creatively Describe Yourself to the Dean of the Business School Addendum to Explain a Poor GMAT Score Relevance of Market Forces & Government Regulation on Corporate Values Describe Something You Feel Passionate About Most Valuable Tangible/Intangible Possessions What It Means To Live in a Global Community Personal Characteristic You Would Like to Change How You Would Spend Four Extra Hours per Day Do Academic Grades Reflect True Potential? What Makes a Good Leader? Discuss Your Most Challenging / Difficult Professional Relationship I Wish the Admissions Committee Had Asked Me Commitment to Political Activism .

Discuss Your Two Best Personal Attributes Discuss a Situation in Which You Questioned Your Values or Beliefs Team Building & Selection Why Our School? Addendum to Explain Job Loss / Getting Fired Pick Three Guests for a Formal Dinner Party What Would Surprise People About You? Resume Submitted with Application Addendum to Explain a Gap in Employment or Education Addendum to Explain an Arrest / Criminal History Personal Background Best Mistake You Have Ever Made Discuss How You Introduced or Managed Change Role of Innovation in Management Models Discuss an Improvement / Impact You Made in an Organization What is your Greatest Talent? Raised Overseas / Cross Cultural Experience Definition of Success Ideal Role Models Three Most Valued Accomplishments .

2. GMAT score. On paper. If your essay is poorly written. references) must "fit" together in a cohesive manner to show us who you are and what you have to offer. ethics and integrity that isn't captured anywhere elsewhere in the application. candidates with low grades and disappointing test scores: poor chance of admission Unfortunately. In a highly competitive applicant pool. each piece of the admissions puzzle (GPA. Personal Strengths. if you fall into category c. integrity and work ethic For candidates in category a (excellent grades and test scores).5. Candidates whose "numbers" meet the school's expectations are further evaluated for their personal fit for business school. As a general rule.Introduction: The MBA School Admission Process For most students. the applicant pool can quickly be sorted into three categories: a. Their personal statements must: a. At highly competitive programs. Without exception.2 to 3. bad or mediocre essays can be extremely harmful. In the pre-interview stage. The Numbers. d. but their odds of success are greatly diminished. essays. candidates with excellent grades and test scores: good chance of admission b. they supplement the primary admissions criteria. which means that scores that are considered "great" at one school may not be competitive at another. the cutoffs are as high as 3. . maturity. it usually cannot compensate for it. the committee will be less likely to take a chance on you. they are everything we are looking for. These applicants have exceptional grades. Your specific qualifications. In a highly competitive applicant pool. As a general rule. which are your GPA and GMAT score. including honor. and a minimum GMAT score of 600 to 650. this "fit" is assessed from the applicant's essays and reference letters. including the depth of your academic and professional experiences Your unique traits that aren't covered anywhere else in the application Your demonstrated commitment to pursuing an MBA How you compare to other candidates with similar aspirations How Personal Statements are Used in the Admissions Process The most typical question we are asked about personal statements is how they are used in the admissions process. Candidates whose "numbers" fall below these levels can still gain admission in special circumstances. but not outstanding c. Selectivity varies greatly among programs. a solid work ethic and exemplary communication skills. or reveals a lack of focus and dedication. In contrast. candidates who are borderline cases: application is competitive. It also provides critical information about your personality. b. There are limits to how much leeway we can give to a candidate who does not present a solid track record of success. A great essay brings your "numbers" to life and provides a creative description of your performance and potential. They are written by candidates who know what they want and aren't afraid to go after it. Your GPA and GMAT scores must exceed the minimum cutoff level that the school has imposed. explain their motivation and goals b. document their character. these documents must highlight the skills and traits that business schools covet. In highly competitive programs. respectively. Here is what the committee hopes to learn from your admission essays: a. specific and insightful. test scores and impressive letters of recommendation.75 and 700 for the GPA and LSAT. The BEST essays are short. Competition is fierce at top business schools. particularly in the prestigious Ivy League programs. even a great personal statement may not save you from rejection. c. few processes are as daunting as the MBA admissions process. schools usually screen out lesser qualified applicants by imposing a minimum "cutoff" for GPA and test scores. essays from candidates in category a are usually disaster checks. Candidates must generally pass two levels of screening to be offered a seat in the class: 1. a successful candidate at a state school has a minimum GPA of 3. Although an essay can "explain" a disappointing academic performance.

particularly those about ethical issues.Surprisingly. they don't tell us a darn thing about the candidate. Show your real personality (let us get to know you). Before sending us a "funny" essay. an MBA admissions officer will read between 25 and 50 essay sets from candidates around the world. Don't let simple carelessness ruin your chances. Sincerity. The only "magic formula" is honesty. these essays show us that you can succeed in the face of terrible obstacles. Use excellent grammar and punctuation. 5. it is pretentious and verbose in everyday writing. Answer the tough questions honestly and directly. What makes a positive impression? Passion. but are otherwise not distinguishable from others with similar “numbers. but concisely. Anyone can write a rational. you must have the courage to reveal your true personality. Don't waste time on fancy introductions. by all means use it. since no two candidates are alike. We surveyed thirty admission officers on what they expect to see in business school essays. this can be their commitment to family. Answer the question that was asked. whatever that may be. If written badly. Avoid anything off-color or mean-spirited. From our experience. Here's what works: 1. “ Their acceptance or rejection often hinges on an exceptional intrinsic quality that captures our interest and makes a positive impression. 6. Nothing is more tedious than trying to read an essay written in the cold. Use the active voice. their dedication to community service or their ability to overcome an obstacle. Personalize your essay as much as possible. Avoid the "victimization" perspective and focus on how you overcame the situation. boring theoretical pieces about politics. 8. Show us who you are and what you will bring to our program. What's the difference? Active Voice: The cow jumped over the moon. though. Write naturally. Passive Voice: The moon was jumped over by the cow. 7. Show us how the experience helped you to demonstrate your stamina. Use humor only if it works. . funny. While popular with scientists who publish in technical journals. These candidates have competitive grades and test scores. detached paper. detached passive voice. Too many essays are long. We want to understand how you respond to adversity and the specific insights you developed from those experiences. Keep your verbs simple and active. Writing Tips In a typical day. Use simple sentence structure and your normal everyday vocabulary. A persuasive essay that discusses a candidate's passion (and how (s)he plans to use that skill in the future) can make or break his/her application. Yet the committee asks these questions for a reason. Few people can write humorous prose or recount funny experiences effectively. Don't try to sell us the artificial "canned" response you think we want to hear. their personal statements won't be. self-righteous and bitter. it provides the final piece of the "puzzle" that the committee needs to become excited about the applicant. 4. 3. perseverance and intelligence. but that's not what we are looking for. or borderline. a great essay can take any number of forms. Many applicants choose to discuss a misfortune they have experienced and how it shaped their personality. personal weaknesses and failure. either. 2. Show us the contribution that only you can make. We want to get to know you and the unique contribution you will make to our school. nearly 70% of the applicant pool falls into category b. Write about your own unique. Insight about yourself and the world around you. Use logical paragraph breaks to separate your thoughts and to make the essay easier to read. interesting experiences. Be very careful of your tone if you decide to write about a hard-luck story. Provide details to add color. get to the point quickly and reinforce it with specific examples. If you have this gift. have several different people read your material to make sure it comes across well on paper. In some cases. No matter how well-written or researched. If written well. Convey a positive message (avoid cynicism). you may sound plaintive. Proofread your work carefully before sending it in. Adopt a relaxed. conversational style. the economy or complex business issues. Many candidates try to dodge tough questions.

rather than in the body of an essay or personal statement. A demonstrated commitment to a cause is worth writing about. The more details you include. pretentious words. Don't let anyone else tell you what to write. . You may have to write and revise multiple drafts before you are satisfied with your essay. 8. Each year. committee members have an excellent "feel" for your character and can tell when a reported event or achievement isn't consistent with the rest of your history. 11. Don't lie or exaggerate. too! 9. Don't oversell yourself or try too hard. place it in a separate addendum to your file. 4. really" want to attend our school. We already know your GPA. tell a real story! A fresh and well-written essay will enhance your credentials and aid your application effort. it is impossible to explain poor grades and test scores without sounding irresponsible or defensive. as it comes across as presumptuous and arrogant. Common Pitfalls to Avoid 1. particularly your personality. Consider your essay to be an informal interview. Give yourself enough time to do the statement well. Revise and polish until it is perfect. Be original. 12. Don't try to explain blemishes on your record. Tell us the reasoning behind your decision and how your life changed as a result of the experience. either through your career or volunteer work. Resist the urge to write a manipulative or argumentative essay on a controversial issue. just be yourself. Don't pretend to be someone you are not. what you thought about them and what you learned. Don't confuse passive idealism (or future intentions) with productive action. Show us why we should accept you into our academic community. Sadly. Using three-dollar words to impress the committee usually backfires. Use your own best judgment in choosing a topic and writing your essay. If you choose to discuss a meaningful issue. Explain to them what you hope to convey in your writing and ask whether you met your objectives. Don't write a scholarly or technical paper. it sounds that silly when you use it. academic awards and honors. they don't tell us anything we don't already know. A single misrepresentation on your application will lead us to doubt all of your other assertions. 7. but what the reader actually understands. Don't use large. the more personal your essay will be. Well-meaning parents and advisors often interfere in the writing process. and have developed a keen eye for authenticity.Yes. Use the simplest possible language to explain your meaning precisely. Many candidates manage to squeeze every accomplishment they've ever had into a single one-page essay. Use your limited essay space to discuss experiences that aren't revealed anywhere else. Don't be boring and safe. Others explain emphatically how much they "really. Explain events whenever appropriate. 6. We read thousands of essays each year. give a full description of just one. Don't let anyone else influence you. With rare exceptions. Rather than listing several items or events. Don't take such a desperate approach. do so in the context of your demonstrated commitment to change it. Neither will enhance your admissions chances. The true test of your writing isn't what you intended to say. 2. 5. Don't rehash information that can be found elsewhere in the application. Applicants seldom realize how easy it is to detect lies and half-truths in admissions essays. Proofread several times and get feedback from valued sources. Lying is a fatal mistake. Don't waste the opportunity to let us get to know the real you. Many of your accomplishments are of interest to the committee because of why you tackled them. 9. GMAT scores. 3. we receive hundreds of essays that discuss the horrors of nuclear proliferation and the dangers of global warming. your exclusive "one-onone" time with the committee. Successful applicants usually invest several hours deciding the correct approach. If you have a compelling excuse for an academic disappointment. constructing an outline and writing a first draft. Be specific and focused. 10. which tends to sabotage the candidate's chances. passive idealism is not. The essay is your opportunity to demonstrate your nonacademic strengths. After reading your file.

10. Don't be gimmicky. your character and motivation will be highly scrutinized by the selection committee. They reveal the heart and soul of each writer and demonstrate what (s)he would add to the business school class. The essays of successful applicants will probably surprise you. but is now synonymous with sloppy writing. less is more. Use the essay set to sell your whole self. read on! . Except in extreme circumstances. These candidates were accepted because they caught the eye (and captured the heart) of a receptive admissions officer. In many cases. That's why studying the essays is so valuable. They are seldom academic in nature. Avoid using definitions to begin your essay. unless they perfectly fit the character and tone of your essay. not just the individual pieces that you think the school wants to see. you should build your essays around the achievements and experiences that have enabled you to cultivate and display these strengths. 11. Due to the high ethical standards and level of critical thinking that are expected in global business. Admissions officers seek the following traits in MBA applicants: ambition honesty creativity confidence maturity independence passion humor diplomacy communication skills strong personal ethics perseverance To whatever extent possible. This crutch was extremely popular in the late 90's. All too often. use it for everything that it's worth. Don't use a miniscule type size or invisible border to shrink an essay to the stipulated length. Quotations are terrific if they are seldom-quoted and deeply relevant to your chosen topic. though. Strengths to Highlight Your essays MUST emphasize the intrinsic traits that the committee seeks in the admissions process. Avoid using cute or "meaningful" quotations. your finished essay should adhere to the maximum word limit. They have accomplished what you are trying to do. Convey your points quickly and efficiently. and may seem risky to candidates who feel compelled to assume a false (or misleading) persona for the committee's benefit. don't feel obligated to "fill" extra space. Before you put pen to paper to write your own essays. Don't play games with the word limit. This is your only chance to sell yourself. their usage is cliche and the resulting essay is unimaginative.

Since few successful shows do well on the national touring circuit. a temperate climate. which provides the lion's share of the country's national income. I will use my training and enthusiasm to develop the tourism industry in Singapore. While in business school. I hope to take a proactive role in converting our most successful products to video. television. Post MBA Goals This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). as my job is enormous fun. stringing lights and running lines with famous actors. and how the theatre makes money. In a few years. Collectively. how authors are compensated. By learning more about the business behind my art. To whatever extent possible. who favor alternative forms of entertainment such as movies. After business school. As much as I enjoy my work in production. they show the many different ways that candidates have presented their achievements and goals in a creative (and effective) manner. but I want to be positioned as a leader in the field. I can't imagine feeling tired after an 18-hour day. a rich sense of history and close proximity to a thriving business district. Consequently. and the emerging satellite television business. Despite its solid reputation with European tourists. including beautiful beaches. business . Singapore fails to attract young American visitors to the area. I have not lost my passion for the business. My dream is to start a student-run business that leverages my familiarity with the Singapore economy with my desire to help American students start their own businesses and joint ventures in Singapore. I am committed to a career in the entertainment business. mastering the endless technical challenges that live theatre presents. the future will be elsewhere. my beloved art form may well be in its declining stage. I've concluded that for many dedicated theatrical professionals. who has the skills and flexibility to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. I will continue to investigate a novel idea to market the Singapore region to American college students. Even after all these years. many people contribute to the financial success of the acting and production troupe at 5th and Broadway. Please use the essays as guidance and inspiration for your own original writing. our industry will be forced to adapt to the tastes of the MTV generation. Post MBA Goals This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Northwestern University (Kellogg). I am eager to acquire the business expertise to navigate the anticipated changes in the entertainment industry. live internet feed and pay-per-view offerings. who devour live entertainment. Blessed with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. DVD. I will be better prepared to assume a managerial or administrative role. those outside New York City tend to perceive the theatre as old-fashioned and irrelevant. Over the past twelve years. Clearly. I see potential business opportunities in situations that most people do not. Consequently. Sadly. I am equally comfortable constructing sets. many Americans do not realize the benefits of the region. Other than tourists. I have worked on every aspect of set design and production. As an actress and stagehand for the New York Civic Theatre. I am equally interested in the other aspects of the business: how shows are financed. I'm not certain what role conventional theatre will have in twenty-first century entertainment. I want to be prepared for this transformation. I also acknowledge my need to become more knowledgeable about viable entertainment alternatives to Broadway shows.Successful Business School Essays The following collection of essays offers three different responses to 60 different business school application questions. My firm will co-ordinate two-week visits from American students to Singapore. sewing costumes. which will be filled with cultural. I still get goose bumps on opening night when I watch the combined energy of the production company come together for the first time in front of a live audience.

I transcribe radiology reports alongside my employees. it is the critical link between a terrific idea and a successful execution. as the software industry was in its infancy. In every location. Post MBA Goals This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago. After a lifetime of . my role was largely educational. highly-educated group of people. I will also create the potential for future earnings that would not otherwise exist. which provides medical transcription services to 38 radiologists throughout the Atlanta area. Despite my financial success. I am eager to learn from the experience and perspective of others. they have become formidable opponents to my hometown. personalized approach. At the time. I have numerous strengths to offer your program. In 1996. I completed my degree in Business Administration/Computer Science. I formed Lightning Fast Scrips. For seven years. My goal is to provide each client with a realistic experience of life in Singapore. My firm will play an integral role in promoting the city to a new. as I determine the most efficient way to market and deliver my services. such as franchising my concept or offering my services to other medical specialists. I have received overwhelmingly positive response to my idea. My pursuit of each idea will require painstaking research. I discovered my passion for technology. As an employer. intellectual curiosity and health care experience will contribute to the diversity of the class and ultimately to my success as a student. Wayne State University had one of the first PCs in existence and I was determined to learn everything possible about how it worked. patient transport. Fueled by a powerful sense of self-reliance. My entrepreneurial success. I want Lightning Fast Scripts to be able to compete in this market. My two years at Wharton will be a wonderful time to identify. By promoting potential joint ventures between participants. By holding the sessions during off-season. which sparked a successful career selling financial software to government agencies and large corporations. transcription. reliable radiological transcription service. Chicago has an enviable reputation of attracting older. My largest competitors are large health care conglomerates with state-of-the-art expertise in marketing and advertising. With an MBA from Chicago. customer service and human resource functions. not just in 2006. my business has enjoyed explosive growth. marketing. I hold the future of many families in the palm of my hand. As a college student in the early 1980's. billing and systems operations. students can learn unique ways to market their products and services in the burgeoning Asian market. exciting place to do business. An MBA from Chicago will provide the nuts-and-bolts expertise in all aspects of growing a business. Yet recent trends in the industry suggest that our growth may be limited by my lack of formal business training. To date. I earned an excellent living (and exceeded several sales records) by helping people take advantage of the powerful benefits of technology. advertising. In less than ten years. but in 2116 and beyond. I am eager to tap into their collective expertise to formulate my future plans. more seasoned students than other highly competitive MBA programs. I yearned for more personal fulfillment from my career. young men and women (all future business leaders) will identify Singapore as a vibrant. Ultimately. In turn. Lightning Fast Scrips grew from a tiny one person firm to employ 18 employees and generate $23 million in annual sales. honest and reliable service in the health care community. As a true entrepreneur. I worked in several hospital positions. the local hotels and restaurants will make money during a traditionally slow season. As the owner of the company. I can realistically evaluate alternative aspects for growth. I manage the accounting. my long-term goal is to develop my business in as healthy a manner as possible. As I pursue my passion for business.and recreational activities. Throughout college. Many days. After 8 years. Combining my talent for sales and my knowledge of health care administration. I embrace this research as an essential component of my success. At an early age. including front desk operations. my business has earned a reputation for providing fast. refine and pursue a number of ventures that will be personally and professionally rewarding. I also have a vested interest in creating new jobs and doing my part to expand the economy. In rigorous brainstorming sessions. from increasing my sales to projecting my income for a new revenue stream. By competing on price. I will learn more efficient ways to deliver my services in an increasingly competitive market. including an orientation to the business climate and living conditions. With formal training in strategic planning. In any venture. I noted a chronic need for a fast. My preliminary research suggests that this type of service would be highly beneficial to both the students and the Singapore economy.

Helping my extended family in Liberia became not simply my responsibility. including my focus on the impact of a company's leadership. they sold food. As an adolescent. I will also bring a wealth of team building experience in which members have different nationalities. Their dead-end existence forced me to acknowledge how different my life would have been if my parents had not moved to the US. including my elderly grandmother. I am passionate about creating an environment that nurtures these strengths. I organized and promoted charities that help impoverished families.preparation. For managers and employees to achieve a common objective. As a result. After graduation. I am comfortable in any work or social environment. was a fledgling entrepreneur. Discuss Your Unique Contribution to our School This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Duke University (Fuqua). By sharing my practical experience in organizational and management consulting. With nothing but the clothes on their backs. Yet I also acknowledged that my degree in International Business from Harvard University did not provide me with the expertise to resolve issues and implement new programs in a non-profit group. Throughout high school and college. my parents fled Liberia in 1983 and came to the United States to provide their children with a better life. I have built several high performance teams at Mobil Oil. I am ready to embrace everything that a Chicago MBA has to offer. dreams and honest opinions. On a regular basis. I discovered that my consulting and technical tools are only successful in an environment of honesty and trust. but my personal calling. conflicting agendas. concepts and theories to help teams analyze problems. I connected deeply with the students and confirmed my desire to run a non-profit organization. I am able to recognize and use individual differences and cultural norms to motivate team members. they must be willing to build ethical relationships in which all parties share their concerns. the possibilities for collaborative innovation are limitless. respect and cooperation. I am excited about the possibility of using my skills to advance the entrepreneurial plans of my fellow students. To my surprise. I pride myself on developing teams that are strong enough to handle the pressures of large egos. clothing and bottled water in an open-air market just to survive. expectations and reward systems. After years of international business travel. I worked as a team leader with Berkeley Collaborative. I visited the nation and witnessed the dire poverty from which my parents had escaped. By building ethical relationships based on honesty. I learned that my family's tiny merchandising business supported over fifty of my relatives. Discuss Your Unique Contribution to our School This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan). nearly everyone in Liberia. With my multicultural background. styles. all of the intangible strengths of a great team. develop solutions and build action plans. including tutorial programs for Liberian immigrant children. Throughout my diverse experiences. trust. My work as an organizational and management consultant with Mobil Oil has given me an ideal portfolio of professional and personal skills to bring to business school. During my time with the firm. external resistance and negative feedback. As a result. Once team members are committed to achieving a common goal. culture and politics on its success. I help teams clarify their values to determine the roles and responsibilities of each member. As I performed my administrative and project management duties. Without exception. depend on open communication. I have used a wide range of tools. I will provide an original perspective during class discussions. . During my summers in Liberia. a non-profit organization that prepares low-income middle school students for success in college preparatory programs. including creativity and cooperation. and I plan to do the same at Harvard Business School. I certainly would not have enjoyed the benefits of an education. and are confident that they have the unconditional support of their peers.

As I advance in corporate life. Ten years from now. I developed my analytical abilities by creating models to examine the effectiveness of the firm’s network of ninety affiliates and depository banks. where I will start a non-profit organization to help entrepreneurs develop and grow their businesses. Liberia must learn how to produce and distribute essential goods in the marketplace. Through stints in strategic business planning. My long-term goal is to combine my passion for technology and entrepreneurship into my own successful venture that develops and markets innovative health care solutions in the global market. I am eager to play a part in the nation's economic revival. Harvard offers an unparalleled opportunity to pitch and perfect my ideas in a competitive yet nurturing environment. including Strategy. Following the completion of my MBA. I learned how to implement new products. I have retained my commitment to helping others. development. I will also conduct interdisciplinary research at the College of Engineering to determine the viability of my current technical ideas. I will take a phased approach to achieving this goal. a firm footing in the venture capital business and a talented team of professionals. to ensure a better future for its next generation. I will use the flexible course structure to explore multiple areas of management. I hope to run a non-profit group that provides technical assistance and economic resources to ensure the self-sufficiency of Liberian entrepreneurs. I will apply these core concepts to specific organizational objectives. During my six years in semiconductor research and development. I will also contribute to the efforts of non-profit groups in the arts by serving as a non-voting board member as a Nonprofit Board Fellows. With the support of the faculty. network management. Although I am successful on a superficial level. I will lead a team of technologists to explore and develop the most viable products for use in the burgeoning health care industry. To this end. I discovered many exciting ways in which the confluence of biotechnology and wireless design may improve the quality of health care. Entrepreneurial Finance and Organizational Behavior. With its focus on entrepreneurship. I will work for an early-stage venture-capital firm that specializes in emerging semiconductor technologies. Discuss Your Unique Contribution to our School This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Chicago. which will allow me to apply what I learn to real-life situations. I can promote the benefits of free trade in my native continent. I will work on teams to address critical business issues that challenge nonprofits. I will also contribute to the school’s educational climate by organizing an African Economic Forum to raise awareness about the trade sanctions imposed in that region. By participating in the Entrepreneurial Club's annual project competition. Immediately after graduation. When I envision my professional future. where I will view the complete life-cycle of the portfolio firms from concept to liquidity. Through programs such as MAP (Multidisciplinary Action Projects) and XMAP (Experimental Multidisciplinary Action Projects).In early 2000. Leveraging my engineering background. To make a seamless transition into the business arena. I joined Bank One as a business associate in the Securities Lending Group. I must co-create a program at Harvard that supplements my technical expertise with business fundamentals. Later. economics and public policy. the venture will be a fulfilling way to give back to the community. Armed with a soundly researched idea. I hope to make a meaningful contribution to the Liberian economy by creating jobs and building a spirit of community. I will learn about directives that affect human welfare and their role in the development of successful non-profit organizations. research market trends and develop action plans that improved performance. Eventually. As one of the poorest countries in Africa. students and staff. Besides being an intriguing technical challenge. I am particularly attracted to Wharton's action-based approach to learning. I have drifted from my original goal and the activity that I find most fulfilling: serving underprivileged communities. Through a classes in business. My motivation to obtain an MBA is two-fold: (1) to acquire the managerial expertise to run a nonprofit enterprise. I cannot imagine a better place to achieve these objectives that at the University of Pennsylvania. I plan to participate in the Business Plan . investment products and securities lending. and (2) to prepare myself for an eventual return to Liberia. Yet my interest in Wharton is not purely professional. I am eager to channel my talents and energy into non-profit organizations that aid neglected communities. I will be ready to embark on my own entrepreneurial endeavor.

If You Could Change One Decision in Your Career. Throughout my three years touring with the Cirque. I beamed with theatrical pride. who considered Manhattan. I eventually became restless with the nomadic lifestyle. I will bring to Harvard my extensive insights into microprocessor design. I will lend my creative spark to a new world of innovation. a damaged candle and a blistering burn on my left hand. My job as a traveling entertainer gave me the chance to learn about different people and cultures all over the globe. After my first magic show. where interpretive dance holds special religious significance. I opened my world to an entirely new set of people. I define it somewhat differently than I did when I worked for the Cirque de Soleil. I owned nothing but the clothes on my back and a handful of childhood dreams. Three broken glasses. Our reception was phenomenal. Our seamstress made a beautiful cape for my debut. Despite the obvious benefits of my entertainment career. Not even my mistake on the floating glass trick could ruin the joy of my performance. Kansas to be a "big city." Nothing in the classroom could possibly rival the excitement of my global adventure. By pursuing my own ventures and supporting those of others. I was finally on the right track. . After readjusting to student life. I returned with poor study habits and a tendency to sleep until ten. I committed to my studies and graduated with honors. Harvard offers several ways for me to share my strengths and learn from the diverse experiences of my fellow classmates. Looking back. could only be achieved by returning to college and finishing my degree. Life on the road left me undisciplined in areas that are critical to academic success. I created my own magic by tutoring other students. At age twenty. I felt significantly older (and more cynical) than my fresh-scrubbed peers. particularly in India. I returned to the United States and resumed my studies at Kansas State University. which ignites our desire to succeed and to help others. Despite the physical carnage. I quit school to work as a magician with the Cirque de Soleil European troupe. I discovered true magic in the everyday moments that made me laugh or taught me something new. If You Could Change One Decision in Your Career. After three rewarding years with Cirque de Soleil.Competition and explore relevant networking opportunities in the Entrepreneurial and Venture Capital Clubs. I will bring a fresh viewpoint to the business world and a critical approach to standard concepts. I hope to use these skills as a facilitator in study groups and as a panelist at business conferences. Spanish. my re-adjustment to college life was hindered by my extended period of unsupervised wanderlust. I entertained over three hundred thousand people in eighteen different countries. With each new language. I began an aggressive self-education program to teach myself Russian. I was fascinated by my ability to enrapture an audience. making children smile and expressing my creativity in a unique way. To hone my leadership skills. On my own initiative. in which I dazzled my attentive audience. Along with providing a holistic view of the server industry. At age twenty-four. As the moderator of my company's technical reading group and as a speaker at Toastmasters. such as starting a family and a business. The fact that I knew nothing about "magic" didn't deter me in the least. After the initial culture shock of small town life. Italian and Portuguese. During troubled times. I have learned how to innovate and lead in a mutually rewarding environment. Despite the rewards of my career as a magician. What Would It Be? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: New York University (Stern) and Columbia University. When I looked around my classroom. I regret my decision to leave college for as long as I did. Many goals. These initiatives will help me to develop my own leadership style and create a crisp professional image. I discovered the collective magic that we all share. With my concentration in science and technology. What Would It Be? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Duke University (Fuqua) and the University of Virginia. Although I still believe in magic. I will attend the Executive Skills Workshop and assume leadership positions on team projects both inside and outside the classroom. After several weeks of practicing the tricks in an entertainment magazine.

Without that terrible year of restrictions. The restrictions that were placed on my classroom discussions not only stifled my enjoyment of the job. As an early "internet junkie. I decided to pursue my childhood dream of running my own business. By the end of my first semester. my commitment to lively classroom discussions. my job was to encourage discussion and nurture independent thinking." Fortunately. Although the small town was a startling contrast to my life in New York City. An ambitious self-starter. I quickly received another job offer teaching history at a public school outside Nashville. regardless of the time required to prove myself. After careful introspection. I gave my notice a few weeks later and stayed long enough to train my replacement. I realized that I had made a terrible mistake. not to simply parrot the school's "party line. I accepted a position as a human resources coordinator at the Royal Bank of Scotland. which was a profound professional disappointment.FlashWeb. grow and confidently express their feelings. while completing a project with Flash animation. but supported. I accepted a position in the margins department at T. I was advised to refer them to the Bible. Many days. without considering the poor interpersonal "fit. inhospitable environment. No other discussion would be permitted. I felt trapped in my increasingly narrow. I missed the fastpaced environment of finance and became restless in a sedentary job in front of a computer screen." I was definitely ahead of the curve. which is an essential component of any meaningful exchange. labeling all non-Christian influences as negative. Few other small companies were designing web sites in 1996. I was named "Teacher of the Year" in the Nashville school district for five consecutive years. Unfortunately. I learned about the challenges of working at an international bank. After an extensive search. but my students' ability to learn. I resigned from T. My duties were significantly less challenging than my role at Bank of America. When I didn't see an immediate opportunity to prove myself. logic and finance. when I was laid off from my job at Bank of America. my liberal religious beliefs were a poor fit for the conservative local diocese. With the onset of the first winter snow. Rowe Price and started www. a web design firm. After less than a year. I plan to pursue a long-term career in financial planning following the completion of my MBA. I also confirmed my passion for free speech. If You Could Change One Decision in Your Career. I was frustrated by the menial nature of the job. From the administration's view. Rowe Price. I began to question whether a financial career was right for me. I accepted a position teaching high school history at a small Catholic girls school in northern Tennessee. Looking back.Following my graduation from college. both creatively and financially. . Rather than consider an alternative position in finance. If a student questioned that perspective or asked for my opinion. and my firm enjoyed a huge competitive advantage. even if they differ from my own. I was eager to become part of such a close-knit rural community. the experience has been invaluable. I was appalled by the school's inflexible positions on topics of moral and social relevance. Unfortunately. In fact. On a regular basis. I regret accepting the first position at the Catholic girls school. which requires presenting views that are not necessarily my own. What Would It Be? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and New York University (Stern). In addition to developing my skills in human resources. my job was to present each event through a religious filter. I accepted the job for all the wrong reasons. which offered managerial possibilities. Although the job is only tangentially related to finance. I admitted to my myself that my true calling was to work in finance. who struggled with the debilitating effects of lupus. I want my students to think.com. I discovered that it is an excellent fit for my strengths in mathematics. I received negative feedback for my decision to discuss major events in United States history through a secular perspective. Yet the experience forced me to re-evaluate my commitment to teaching. I knew I was in an untenable position. I re-entered the job market during one of the worst economic climates in recent memory. open-minded woman. Shortly after I graduated from college. My employers not only tolerated. I might not have brought the same level of passion to my classroom in Nashville. By making several key placements in the financial planning group. In my mind. Yet within a matter of months. The job was an excellent fit for my degree in humanities and provided an opportunity to live near my mother." As a liberal. I found myself listening to the market reports on CNBC. In hindsight.

Ultimately. John also works tirelessly for the Brethren. I was naive to think that I could build a satisfying financial career without proving myself first. John Ling is an exceptionally motivated young man with a BS in Engineering from the University of Beijing. When I returned to the financial world. wrote articles and organized the first meetings. While advancing in his restaurant career. New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuiani wrote a glowing reference letter for John. I realized that nothing is "menial" in the development of a lifelong career. Imagine You are a Member of the MBA Admissions Committee. which is nearly impossible for someone who is not a native speaker of English. UCLA and the University of California at Berkeley. John also achieved academic success at Lake Placid Community College. He took a leadership role in organizing the first International Student Club on campus. large or small. He accepted a position as a manager of a local upscale restaurant and quickly advanced to a district manager's position. cooperative work ethic and willingness to help others. Imagine You are a Member of the MBA Admissions Committee. yet by becoming increasingly efficient. praising his tireless efforts in the Asian-American community. mastering English and preparing for his eventual enrollment in an MBA program. he juggled his multiple roles. he is considered senior management material. Within a few months. has taught me something valuable about the industry and my eventual place in it. a 30-year-old African-American female. Classes in business. John achieved a composite GMAT score of 760. John's resilience. After just three years in the United States. He embraced the opportunity to learn more about western society by simultaneously enrolling in school and starting a new job. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and Stanford University. Without family or friends. Write A Summary of Yourself as a Candidate. John was proud to be chosen the club’s first President. By exploring an alternative path. I forced myself to re-evaluate my goals and adjust my plans for achieving them. Despite his hectic schedule. Despite the false start with my web design firm. improved the customer service and implemented a quality control program. Every task. leaving a secure life in China to pursue a western business degree. I brought a more mature outlook and an increased appreciation for my job. John's references all cite his friendliness. Rowe Price was inspired by immaturity and poor judgment. Since 2000. His versatility is excellent preparation for the intensity of Sloan’s MBA program. Jade Smith. He negotiated the structure and financing of the club with the administration. John always finds time for social and community activities. John left his native country and relocated to the United States. After working as a Chemical Engineer for Exxon in China. John rescheduled the workload within his district. is an impressive candidate who will make a strong . John's adaptive skills helped the transformation go smoothly. John has the "right stuff" to succeed in a corporate environment and fulfill his aspirations. John shows an uncanny ability to apply his skills in diverse environments. He demonstrated incredible motivation by his willingness to start at the bottom. Clearly. I do not regret the experience. Fortunately. I can see that my decision to resign from T. he has organized four fundraisers for the group and secured housing for 23 Chinese exchange students in the Lake Placid community. Many nights he had only a few hours of sleep.Looking back. he faced the daunting challenge of supporting himself. Write A Summary of Yourself as a Candidate. For his efforts. John's dual work and college responsibilities greatly challenged his time-management skills. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan). The CEO was impressed by John's interpersonal skills and his ability to assume more responsibility. and law provided a deep understanding about the rules and business practices in the western hemisphere. a volunteer group that helps Asian immigrants assimilate into American society. economics. stamina and lust for knowledge helped him to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles on his path to success. After just two years with his firm. He will make a unique and valuable contribution to our next class.

along with her commitment to academic excellence. Jhana's new function is managerial. She is exactly the type of candidate we want to attract. running the staff of a Governor. where she provides a voice for the Governor's position on issues such as Affirmative Action and reproductive freedom. Jade's references confirm that she is a talented. After five years as an engineer for General Electric. she advanced to a position in business management. She is a tri-athlete and a talented concert pianist. Jade completed a dual degree in Chemistry and Women's Studies at Princeton University. including several key players who normally report directly to the Governor.contribution to Harvard's next class. Jade also writes a monthly column for the New Hampshire Daily. Unlike her engineering position. she has served as secretary to John Stevens. As project leader. She understands how to manage and motivate people. Jhana's promotion brought numerous challenges and opportunities for growth. Class of 1997. recruiting local talent with diverse backgrounds and skills. dynamic woman with great potential for a political career.com.SavvySkills. Since 1997. Jade started and managed a web design business on the Princeton campus called www. Because of this recognition. Jade contributed over 15 hours a week to this program. Write A Summary of Yourself as a Candidate. which has the highest circulation of any newspaper in New England. During her undergraduate years. 4. Jhana's career path has provided wonderful preparation for formal business training at Sloan. Imagine You are a Member of the MBA Admissions Committee. Jade's essays provided tremendous insights to both her character and motivation.0 GPA). She will also be a terrific asset to our community service and fundraising programs on campus. On a regular basis. Her ability to flourish in a high level position without formal business training indicates her natural affinity for management. Jade seeks a career behind-the-scenes in American politics. Jhana is an industrial engineer (Yale University. Her 1999 series on gay and lesbian rights. Jhana rented office space and handled the relevant legal issues and regulations. Jade is a clearly self-starter. value-based leadership and fundamental business principles. where she maintained a 3. By training. To bring the new office to fruition. combined with her writing and entrepreneurial skills. Jade currently manages a support staff of eight people. Friends marvel at her high energy level and wonder how she manages to juggle so many diverse interests and responsibilities. Jhana educated the marketing team about the Korean business culture and helped to develop a comprehensive business strategy for the new sales office. I am certain that Jade will be a vibrant contributor to the class and a distinguished alumni. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan). Jhana served as liaison between customers. Jade's political savvy. creating situations in which she can use her strengths to promote worthy social and political causes. Jade is highly visible in the media. The firm provides low-cost web design services to job seekers in the community who wished to market themselves on the Internet. Though young. "Choices in Peril. Jade’s career progress is unsurpassed. Jade's ability to maintain top grades while pursuing many outside activities is particularly impressive. Jade assumes responsibilities that are rarely given to a junior consultant. greatly strengthening her interpersonal skills. Her GMAT scores are also outstanding (740 composite). In her new role. References confirm that Jade is not only motivated and intelligent. including direct supervision of six employees." received a Pulitzer Prize nomination. both on her staff and throughout the community. the office already generates additional . In preparation. Jhana also built a strong marketing and engineering team. Her scientific major demonstrates her strong quantitative and analytical abilities. State Senator or other elected official. the Governor of New Hampshire. Jade is often invited to speak about women's rights issues on television and radio talk shows. but also fun and outgoing.98 GPA. Jhana worked closely with General Electric's marketing team to open the company's first office in Korea. while also participating in the Tri-Delt Sorority. including serving as the media liaison with the New Hampshire State Assembly. she will embark on an MBA program that focuses on innovation. will provide a unique addition to the classroom. branch offices and governmental agencies. The promotion was an excellent opportunity to develop key leadership skills and a global business perspective. the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sigma Xi fraternity. An MBA from Sloan will enable Jhana Lee to develop new businesses in Korea and to establish a nonprofit program to promote education.

Jhana also promotes an educational awareness program in Korea to teach methods to prevent and treat Hepatitis C. Many years ago. With increased awareness. Korea can implement effective programs to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C and to treat its victims with knowledge and compassion. I started playing the violin and piano at age five and was "discovered" by a talent agent at age eight. I recommend wholeheartedly that we accept her. Jhana's immediate post-MBA career objective is to work in a Korean government-backed or foreign-owned venture capital firm that focuses on Korea’s emerging markets. including categories beyond my age group. She is committed to making a personal contribution to ensure that the next generation is fully prepared to lead productive.” Indeed.revenue for General Electric from new customers in Korea. For most of my life. My long journey to musical success thoroughly changed my character and self-awareness. I represented Canada in the 1992 New York Opera House Christmas concert.” will nurture her passion and provide hands-on experience on starting and building new business ventures. Jhana will expand her managerial skills and build a powerful support network. Through this experience. which allowed me to train with Claude George. I won an original composition scholarship to Harvard. Fortunately. This preparation will enable her subsequent transition into the nonprofit sector. Sloan's strong entrepreneurial spirit. my greatest accomplishment is music. Throughout my childhood. Jhana taught religion classes in a village primary school where the only available teacher was ill. I learned to set expectations well above my goal and to always aim higher than the . Insufficient government funding. Sadly. I competed rigorously in all types of events. Throughout 2002. I usually won the events. Favorite Outside Interests This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Dartmouth University (Tuck) and Vanderbilt University. I despise the labels "child prodigy" and "musical genius. and later toured with the same group throughout Europe. Jhana also contributes her time and energy to relevant social causes. my efforts paid off handsomely. including its innovative “Entrepreneurship Lab. Jhana's international work experience allows her to pursue both professional and humanitarian goals in a developing nation. giving General Electric a competitive edge in developing future telecommunication products and services for the Korean market. By promoting business development from the investment side. with no guarantee of competitive success. my true passion. I trained for at least six hours a day after school. I was chosen to perform my own composition with the Boston Pops. the majority of the population has been left behind the boon of economic development. economic disparity and an ineffectual management system threaten the already under-subsidized rural education programs. Although I competed against older musicians from around the world. in a country once known for educational excellence. This partnership is a strategic coup. With her diverse cultural and professional background. Jhana has a lot to offer Sloan's collaborative culture. fulfilling lives. The team helped General Electric establish a strategic partnership with several large telecommunication firms in Korea to develop the local standard for cellular telephones. Later. my dad told me that “to succeed in this world is to fail deeply first. I failed many times before I tasted success. Although I am justifiably proud of my achievements. On a personal level." which ignore the importance of discipline and skill in attaining my goals. a renown music composer. In addition to her teaching. Jhana's long-term goal is to establish a nonprofit organization to address the educational concerns arising from Korea's changing character. she gained a first-hand appreciation of the unique challenges facing the Korean educational system.

I am saddened by the negative perception of our government leaders. An intelligent. One of my biggest frustrations was the limitation of the two-party system. Yet. their response is usually profound skepticism. far too many Americans have lost faith in bureaucracy. I have become intrigued by politics and the way our government works. My experiences also taught me to define success in non-monetary terms. I often wished there was a third choice for those of us who were open-minded enough to explore the myriad shades of gray. Despite the media's focus on a few salacious scandals. For our political system to work effectively. After a decade of business corruption (Enron) and political scandals (Whitewater and Travelgate). By pursuing my true passion. I kept abreast of political issues and each major party's position on them. politics remains an honorable profession for those who heed its calling. including Adana kebab (a Turkish regional specialty) and Russian zucchini pancakes. We then spent our weekend procuring fresh ingredients at the Farmer's Market. At a young age. I also discovered that the process and the journey are more rewarding than the outcome. power and prestige. our federal. When pressed for time. Although these dishes took hours to prepare. After studying political leaders. we need leaders whose first priority is representing their district. Since early childhood. where the smell of fresh produce permeated the air. Yet even "my" party shows signs of cynicism in these tough times. I saw the phenomenal results of sacrifice. where most viable solutions can be found. Promoting that party is my personal destiny. manage and achieve ambitious goals. Leaving their professional interests behind. I am confident in my ability to set. As I distributed pamphlets and held rallies. Favorite Outside Interests This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). After buying seasonal vegetables. such as money. (s)he can make a difference on a personal level. I was energized by the large turnout and the exceptional questions that citizens asked. My passion for preparing gourmet meals stems from my fond memories of childhood dinners in my parents' household. I concluded that many are motivated by personal gain. Long before I was old enough to vote. which reduced complex issues into arbitrary black-and-white dichotomies. cooking is a nightly burden with few intrinsic rewards. music gives me a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that money can not buy. As I campaigned for several Green Party candidates in the 2004 elections. As a Green Party candidate. I have been the President of the Utah chapter of the Green Party. state and local representatives work tirelessly to promote the best interests of their electorate. My achievements in music gave me confidence in my ability to succeed in all areas of life. they are happy to grab a hamburger at McDonalds or pop a frozen pizza in the oven. which has gained a national reputation for the type of free thinking I enjoy. free-thinking third party is essential to the concept of true choice. the memories of our hard work dissipated into animated chatter and laughter. When I tell people that I hope to run for elected office some day. my mother asked for our input for Sunday dinner. Although one person can't change all of the problems in government. Favorite Outside Interests This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Florida. each Saturday morning. Long after the audience leaves the concert hall. cooking has provided a cherished social occasion to create and enjoy the most delectable dishes. once we sat down at the dinner table and began to discuss our day. . perseverance and having faith in myself. for many generations of my family. we created delightful blends of international meals. I became aware of pressing local interests and the power of an elected official to change them. For the past six years. Yet over the past several years. They are our voice.norm. "Who in their right mind would want to be a politician?" As a lifelong optimist. For many people. I have been fascinated by politics. I am eager to assume the challenge.

he generously shared his time and expertise to help me understand the group's objectives. While still mourning Rick's loss. Describe your most challenging professional relationship. Unfortunately. Rick's death left me as the interim president of Sigma Tau Omicron for the remainder of 2003. I took my direction from Rick Binkley. Describe your most challenging professional relationship. With several charities expecting our support. we both benefited from this experience. Thanks to my creative flair. I quickly developed a reputation for being a whiz in the kitchen. They lent equipment for a carnival fundraiser and even offered to staff our booths. Our previous efforts. we achieved our aggressive financial goals and Sigma Tau Omicron survived for another year. I meticulously read the material and experimented with new recipes. friends and peer shell shocked by his sudden passing. Although I occasionally enjoyed fast food. On a rainy night in March of 2003. while I learned how to prepare American specialties like apple pie and Thanksgiving turkey. Even worse. How could I possibly fill his shoes? More importantly. Despite his previous mentoring. Seeing their faces light up after taking their first bite out of one of my dishes strengthens my belief that good times are always enhanced by good food. car washes and pot luck dinners. Fortunately. Rick guided our group to our final destination. During my first year as an officer. While most of my peers skimmed the necessary textbook chapters. Rick was killed in a violent car crash. After graduating from high school. we needed to raise funds. he left his family. With the help of our brothers-in-arms. So much of our group identity came from Rick's personality and dedication. they also revealed several pressing challenges. who had nearly thirty years of law enforcement experience. I was not fond of eating it on a daily basis. To my surprise. At age 54. Instead of the tasty dinners I enjoyed at my parents' home. Everyone was committed to helping Rick's friends promote his legacy. hot dogs and an occasional ready-mix chili. I promoted the training. I am continually inspired to try new things. Thankfully. including Toys for Tots. I felt completely unprepared for the responsibility. I have never underestimated the power of brainstorming. With my host mother's help. The subsequent lobster fest in Rick's honor was well-attended and profitable. My initial adjustment to a steady diet of "convenience foods" was agonizing. had barely covered our costs. I always felt that in some small way. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and Dartmouth University (Tuck). In my spare time. Living in a culinary mecca like New York. we ate hamburgers. I further sharpened my culinary knowledge and cooking skills. I followed the trends of my favorite television chefs and re-created their most enticing concoctions. Whenever possible. As the vice president of the Rhode Island chapter of Sigma Tau Omicron. our chapter president. where I combined my passion for cooking with my love for the hospitality industry. we needed several novel fundraising techniques. I looked forward to learning much more from him as a mentor and friend. I never gave the physical act of cooking much thought until I moved to the United States at age 16 to spend a year with a host family. By attending classes in Wine History and Desserts Merchandising. . my host family's spice drawer was collecting dust and their kitchen cabinets were filled with canned goods. cooking remains a major part of my life. I took the initiative to create nice home-cooked meals. During the first six months I knew Rick.Aside from my appreciation for good food. our group was actually in serious financial trouble. education and public awareness of criminal justice professionals throughout the community. I attended the prestigious Columbia School of Hospitality Management. I flaunt my skills by entertaining my friends with themed dinner parties. would the other members even want me to? Although the chapter members unanimously voted to retain me as interim president. fate had other plans. through traditional bake sales. Years after completing my culinary education. she learned how to make quick feta cheese pastries and a traditional shepherd's salad. Despite Rick's calm demeanor and optimistic outlook. Sigma Tau Omicron members from across New England phoned us with creative suggestions to get our chapter back on track. Before we could even hope to participate in a national conference. He inspired loyalty and passion beyond my wildest dreams. my host family's busy lifestyle gave me the chance to develop my culinary skills. which were a major taboo in my parents' home. Ultimately.

I discovered some unexpected interest accruals (totaling $283. which support integrity. I will make this project easy for you. Rather than support my efforts to encourage discussion and reach a consensus. I acknowledged my calling as a nurse and was honored to answer it. he already had a plan in mind that would address several minor problems. Changes in the division would be determined by group consensus. she fell on the beach during her morning walk and required medical treatment. In his mind." To my surprise. it was my responsibility to solve the problem to the satisfaction of the entire team. During the first meeting that I tried to facilitate. One summer day. I always happily and patiently accommodated her requests. I took care of her at the hospital and brought her to each follow-up visit. but he initially . who put the project on hold. patient and sensitive to another's needs. After our lunch meeting. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Michigan. not just the team leader. As a live-in caregiver. When he refused to abandon his plan. the team leader dominated the discussion and tried to impose his views on the rest of the group. other team members started to realize that he was pushing a predetermined plan that did not honestly address their problems. "Don't worry. I learned to be meticulous. I hoped that the team leader would abandon his misguided plan. which would avoid exposing any unnecessary problems to upper management.This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and New York University (Stern).000) in a savings account that belonged to the wife of a computer programmer. I reported the situation to management. the existing problems were exaggerated and not worth major changes in the division. I didn't consider my efforts to be particularly extraordinary. Four weeks later. freedom and equality. he said. At the request of senior management. As the facilitator. not by one person's opinion. but he did not. After the first meeting. he invited me to lunch to discuss the project. I helped the team successfully complete the project in a manner that was consistent with my core values. With his support. He asked me to direct the team toward his agenda of maintaining the status quo. With mixed emotions. I was live-in caregiver for an 83-year-old lady with Alzheimer's disease. the team leader was transferred to another department and was replaced by a new leader who was committed to the original project. he opposed to any solution that might include a reorganization or leadership change in his division. As the project moved forward. this man expected me to violate my own ethical principles to further his own agenda. Understanding her condition. I quickly realized that he resisted the project because he was a primary part of the problem. While auditing a bank in Brazil. she would ask me to go back to get items she had forgotten on our first trip. I advised him that I simply could not support him. I politely explained that we both had an obligation to promote the company's values. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg) . Upon our return from the library or grocery store. Describe your most challenging professional relationship. His idea was risky and could have a negative impact on employee morale. I also confirmed my genuine concern for others and my desire to take part in their healing process. In fact. When I raised my concerns. I loved taking care of her and took great pride in bringing joy to her final days. At first. Ethical Dilemma This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. I served as an internal consultant for a project that investigated employee performance and morale in a troubled division. she could not remember details from one hour to the next. Many times. His suggestion was a direct violation of my cultural and religious beliefs. During my first year of study at the University of Connecticut. Thanks to my lovely 83-year-old patient. Although the lady's family expressed gratitude to me for making a "demanding" lady happy. Sadly. I confronted him. I gained first-hand experience working with a geriatric Alzheimer's patient. he asked me to ignore the project plan that his boss had proposed and agree to his predetermined solution.

a local company requested a reference for the terminated employee. I work with patients of all racial. I was proud to be a part of such a creative solution. In my previous position with Hewlett-Packard. Ethical Dilemma This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. My decision was correct under the unusual circumstances. the fired employee could have sued us for character defamation. but he agreed to reimburse the money within two years Three months later. my bank could have been liable for future problems at the employee's new place of business. Ultimately. An elderly Chinese woman was diagnosed with terminal cancer and had only a short time to live. In addition to alleviating the family's financial burden. I strongly disagreed with Dell's decision to support this practice. Six months into my tenure with Dell Computer. Ethical Dilemma This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and New York University (Stern). Although senior management assured us that the company was not a sweatshop that used child labor. my own status as a Chinese-American creates a complex issue relating to medical ethics. On the advice of a consultant. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and the University of Chicago. My findings were influential in their decision to postpone the move. Sadly. On the other hand. the "solution" to this type of exploitation remains elusive. One case last October was particularly challenging. I had my doubts. such as providing school lunches and giving tax breaks to parents who sent their kids to school. which would have been a public relations debacle for the bank.denied any knowledge of the funds. Since her death was imminent. the General Manager agreed with my position. the company opted to outsource the manufacturing function of our mother boards to a tiny firm in Venezuela. According to contemporary ethics in Western medicine. will end child labor by empowering adults to earn a living wage without supplemental income from their children. but to use creative solutions to prevent child labor. These changes. As an ICU nurse for Beth Israel Hospital. Immediate bans. Our Human Resources Manager wanted to give him a positive reference. they shifted their focus to family-oriented efforts. Companies that exploit the low wages in these situations rob these children of a chance for an education and a real future. 250 million children between the ages of five and fourteen are exploited for cheap labor in manufacturing plants like the one Dell planned to build. I had visited a manufacturing plant in the same city where Dell planned to do business. the programmer stopped making restitution to us. sanctions or boycotts cause corporations to fire the child workers without raising wages. so we could recover the money. The programmer was fired. they felt that any discussion regarding her . if we lied in his reference letter (to recover the lost money). She promised to show it to the senior manager in charge of the move. I disagreed. this approach also promotes education. which eventually yields a better qualified work force. If we had been totally honest in our letter (by revealing the fraud). cultural and ethnic backgrounds. She also asked me to document my concerns in a memo to senior management. He moved to a limit country (Argentina). Although I was not in a position to change the decision. joined a local bank and committed the same fraud there. Only by exemplifying our own highest principles could we ensure employee awareness and adherence to a corporate code of ethics. the doctors were required to disclose her condition and offer all available treatment options. Dell's long-term solution was to build the plant in Venezuela. over time. the employee confessed that he had falsified the instructions in the software and had embezzled money for several months. arguing that we should tell the truth. Upon further questioning. which drives the displaced children to more dangerous forms of labor. The bank's attorney drafted a letter stating that the programmer's performance was “less than satisfactory” without giving specific details. I saw with my own eyes the age of the workers and the inhumane conditions they endured. After one year. I presented a videotape of my footage from Venezuela to a sympathetic manager in human resources. According to United Nations statistics. Occasionally. Her family vehemently opposed this disclosure.

Rather than wait for a corporate directive from Bentonville. I approached the director of a community service organization. the camaraderie in our classes was intense and immediate. as the patient died before the doctors could disclose her prognosis. Sara and I took the initiative to solve the problem on our own. As someone who was raised in China and educated in the United States. Sharing the prognosis in a timely manner gives the patient time to plan the funeral and make appropriate arrangements to settle the estate. even in terminal cases. Although many people were eager to work at Walmart. They will not promote ignorance or destroy a patient's hope. our construction schedule hit an immediate snag because many of our Spanish construction workers did not speak or understand English. which motivated us to recruit more teachers. The patient would have been allowed to live out her final days in comfort and peace. The market. Our students were eager to learn and our teachers were eager to share their tips about what techniques were most effective. Under the circumstances. Families and physicians must work together on a case-by-case basis to find a mutually-agreeable solutions. I distributed fliers that described how learning English would benefit them. Texas. I understood both positions. I assumed the responsibility of opening three Walmart Supercenters on the outskirts of Corpus Christi. the demand for the program grew significantly. we began with a moderate level of trepidation. which was previously dominated by the floundering K-Mart Corporation. Sara and I . In early 2002. To my surprise. In this particular case. both as individuals and employees. few had the requisite fluency in English and Spanish to adequately serve our multicultural customer base. When I discussed them with Sara Carlisle. Life Skills Connections. In America. such as the execution of a living will. the family's wish would have superseded the medical community's desire for full disclosure. Within a few months. we were certain that we could teach classes to give our construction workers and sales staff a rudimentary understanding of English. the medical community is compelled to offer all available treatments. who provided us with free books and tapes.prognosis would be impossibly cruel. a higher power resolved the situation for us. Their mistakes were not particularly costly. In China. it was the best possible ending. With the help of thirteen volunteers. however. she expressed similar problems with our applicants for sales and service positions. With the support of our colleagues. but they raised critical concerns about workplace safety and productivity. Team Experience This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Michigan. cultural clashes and ethical dilemmas are fairly common in multicultural health care settings. What if we were unsuccessful? What if our students didn't understand us? Fortunately. Despite our best efforts to provide quality care to all patients. who was in charge of staffing the three stores. To encourage participation by the less-educated field workers. along with a suggested curriculum. offered a promising opportunity for Walmart to penetrate an upscale urban area. The American perspective also acknowledges the need for the family to resolve legal issues. With no previous teaching experience.

To improve our communication. high-performance Honor Guard for the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Riley. many students got their drivers licenses and were able to assist their children with their homework. By communicating effectively and drawing from diverse perspectives. 2003. we helped our employees develop a skill that will last a lifetime. To alleviate uncertainty. I acknowledged superior performance and gave each member the opportunity to shine. By implementing a clear and measurable set of objectives. When I investigated his concerns. Kansas. I took the initiative to resolve the issue in a timely manner. We perform under close scrutiny for many high profile situations and dignitaries. I prepared a flowchart presentation that outlined each person's contribution and expertise. As a result. As a member of the elite. In late 2003. During an important business engagement. operations. The results of our efforts were far-reaching. I am required to maintain exceptionally high physical and moral standards. I scheduled weekly meetings to discuss issues and acknowledge major milestones. My second objective was to leverage the team’s strengths and weaknesses. Some employees even received promotions at Walmart because of their increased fluency in English. I explained how a delay by one person could create a crisis for someone else. our subsequent working relationships have been far more rewarding than I ever expected. measures and rewards. I discovered that some of the deliverables he had expected were delayed because of communication issues on our team. I struggled to solve a communications problem that threatened a project's success. Team Experience This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: UCLA (Anderson). The project was a powerful example of how a small team of motivated people can make a difference. Team Experience This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: UC Berkeley (Haas) and Columbia University. To avoid losing his business. our client expressed dissatisfaction with the timing and coordination of a new service. My specific challenges relate to being the only female member of the ten-person . they were humbled to see how a seemingly trivial mistake could sabotage the entire project. lacked the structure needed to work on a multi-faceted project. On May 1. As an added benefit. UC Berkeley (Haas) and Stanford University. As the project leader. my first objective was to define each person's responsibilities and to explain their inter-relationship. As a relationship manager at Ameritrade. By fostering an environment that promoted feedback and teamwork. Whenever possible. Inspired by the results. including the Commanding Generals. the team members felt accountable for the success of the project and not just for their individual contributions. Sara and I were honored to receive the 3-Star Volunteer Excellence Award from the Governor of Texas. Working with a cross-functional team is challenging because of the limited viewpoint of each member. the team eagerly took ownership of the project. The team members. In addition to communicating better at work. which included specialists in technology. I encouraged the team to draw from their diverse perspectives to arrive at an effective solution. By taking the initiative to mobilize our available resources. in recognition of our service. I helped the team to develop and share a common vision. I built camaraderie within the team and saved our relationship with a valued client. By thinking strategically and solving a thorny organizational problem. I am eager to participate in future community service efforts. honored retirees and visiting VIPs. business and the law. I develop and lead cross-functional teams to provide client solutions.ultimately helped 282 students significantly improve their fluency in English.

I learned how to be amazingly flexible. Fortunately. As a result. Strengths and Weaknesses This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Columbia University. empathetic approach. we flew to every service. Starting in my freshman year. including Thurmond Marshall and Stokeley Carmichael. and producing results in a short period of time. I have made a conscious decision to thoroughly evaluate all relevant data before I act. although men view emotional reactions negatively. Within a matter of weeks. Many times. I was the first college graduate from our large. I focused on my goal of being part of the Howard University legacy that produced some our greatest black leaders. making informed decisions. To my family's pride. I worked 40 hours per week. but it enabled me to graduate from college and to serve as role model for my family. We are American soldiers who are dedicated to doing whatever is required to serve our country. which is quite rare in the military. Whenever I felt weary. I demonstrated great determination. 2001. I will try to strike a healthy balance between a style that combines the best aspects of rational and emotional models. Weaknesses. including precision movements. women appreciate a response that is sensitive to their feelings. We weren't plagued with the sexual harassment issues that have haunted other areas of the military. attention to detail and performance under stress by supervisors. in addition to my class work. Amid the trauma and sadness of random death. I tend to be very enthusiastic. I had little experience in procuring equipment. as I had to learn numerous skills from a disadvantaged position. I am so eager to make a decision or solve a problem that I take action before gathering enough information. arranging practices and delivering orders to subordinates.team. I quickly learned how to anticipate change and form solid friendships. Rather than respond to a customer rationally. After September 11. this tendency has both positive and negative aspects. Strengths. A second weakness is my tendency to become emotionally involved in my work. whether it was located in the heart of New York City or the mountains of New Mexico. yet my education required great sacrifices. I tend to take a faster. adjusting to different groups and situations. I had mastered the particulars of military drill and ceremony. I circulated through a new business unit every three months. Although I outranked all but three team members. In customer service. we refused to decline the invitations. We became true friends. to pay for school. My success is due in great part to my ability to put other soldiers at ease. The quiet dignity of each service bonded our group and kept us motivated throughout the difficult times. I relied on the graciousness of my fellow squad members to teach me these skills in a timely fashion. get along with everyone and create a fun and supportive environment. taking effective action. Strengths and Weaknesses This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and Columbia University. As I progress in my managerial career. they treated me with respect and dignity. and by not using my gender as leverage in difficult situations. mastering different topics and business segments. By overcoming serious financial obstacles to put myself through college. our group became quite close while dealing with these responsibilities. Assimilating into the male-dominated squad was a challenge. After surviving the rotational nature of the eighteen-month training program at JP Morgan Chase. immigrant family. As part of my due diligence. we provided a formal presence of military support for the survivors of the deceased. my high energy level enables me to motivate people. To address this weakness. Balancing my academic and personal activities was challenging. Once my fellow squad members realized that I could perform my duties without special assistance. I have increased my capacity for solving problems. By doing so. I pay particular attention to alternative solutions and evidence that contradicts my initial judgment. we found ourselves in great demand to attend the funerals and memorial services of US Veterans who had been killed in the terrorist attacks. For nearly two months. Whenever I embark on a new venture. and generating new knowledge about a complex world. . Despite the competing demands on our time. That bond supersedes any individual issues we may have in any aspect of our daily operations.

I have balanced my desire for perfection with the knowledge that even the most talented and committed person sometimes makes mistakes. After careful introspection. where I learned about the history. As a freshman. Thankfully. I also tend to focus on the negative and worry about small problems that could occur. Polish. as a perfectionist. At age 29. Far too often. As a result of my travels. I nearly killed myself in the process. closed doors and baby gates couldn't keep me from investigating every sound and smell that intrigued me. This hyper-enthusiasm is simultaneously my greatest strength and my greatest weakness. Ironically. As one of their youngest students. I have acknowledged this weakness and am trying to be more flexible. Spanish and German and am currently learning to speak Russian. By keeping a realistic perspective. I am rarely satisfied with my achievements. I also speak French. I step back and assess things objectively. Whenever possible. Rather than accept someone else's opinion that my work is excellent. I have realized that I cannot control every aspect of my life. volunteering and social outings. To alleviate stress and keep in shape. with a flair for aerobics and intramurals. I give back to the community by volunteering at a local children's hospital. in which I must balance my clinical duties with the demands of research. I particularly enjoy the sense of friendship and teamwork I have derived from tennis. who must cram the night before an exam. With each new language that I master. I will continue to try to improve it. Over the years. I get overly nervous when I have to give a speech. Between late afternoon chem labs . My life has also been enhanced by my vibrant curiosity about different cultures. even though I have an excellent command of the material. my perfectionism stem from the high expectations that I have set for myself. Unlike my friends. which has taught me the importance of fair play and determination. I have gained an appreciation for what really matters in life. My greatest weakness is self-criticism. Childproof locks. I plan my work to meet my deadlines in a relaxed manner. outlook and philosophy of several intriguing places. I expand my ability to touch the lives of others. avoiding the typical distractions that might interfere with my work. I'm blessed with an extremely high energy level and a desire to embrace as many different experiences as life will allow. Rather than catastrophize a situation. These fears lead me to make conservative choices and miss out on opportunities because I am uncertain of the outcome. I have already visited 18 countries on 5 continents. By participating in social and athletic activities. academic talent and my ability to fit in. I have become more comfortable in group situations and have opened my world to new experiences. I couldn't decide between majoring in Chemistry or Political Science. From the time I learned to walk. These skills have been invaluable in my career as a pediatric nurse. sometimes things go wrong. so I opted for a dual major. By making someone's day a little brighter. my organizational skills have enabled me to juggle the demands of a double major with my participation in sports. I was an avid explorer. which is family and friendship. Strengths and Weaknesses This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: UCLA and the University of Chicago. I was determined to demonstrate my maturity. Through sports. I have developed an interest in reading international literature and learning languages to better understand the intricacies of a culture and its people. My passion for learning enabled me to graduate from high school at 16 with a full academic scholarship to Harvard. nothing has changed. Almost twenty-eight years later. I am also an avid athlete. I continually challenge myself to extend the limits of my potential. which prevents me from speaking up in group situations. A final weakness is shyness. In addition to English. I have become highly disciplined in my study habits.As a college student.

While recognizing that no day is typical. I indulged in the supreme joy of doing nothing. Returning to my desk after lunch. We quickly conclude that the likelihood for a successful banking IPO is weak. I have been in her shoes and understand her need for help and encouragement. After drilling me on every figure. turning my seamstress gig over to someone new. We recently extended an attractive job offer to a candidate for an junior analysts position in my group. confirming a last-minute meeting with the marketing group. we finalize the first batch of . We establish a firm timeline to expedite the process. the analyst on the deal. In addition.and evening poly sci lectures. I invested more time into personal friendships and I joined a few social groups on campus. I sense she is back on track. Her frustration is palpable. The client. But I did it at a slower pace. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard and remained a debating champ throughout my four years. His ringing telephone interrupts further discussion. an international banker with limited command of English. if necessary. I contracted mononucleosis and was bedridden for three weeks.000 below our client’s expectations. I agree to her terms regarding vacation days and benefits. George Wyatt of the Bridgham Group has never organized an IPO before. My Vice President is irate because my valuation is $50.0 grade point average in two tough majors that I thoroughly enjoyed. I lead the discussion in Spanish." I traveled with the debating team and worked as a seamstress for the Hasty Pudding Club. Next I am off to the conference room for a client meeting. Working as a team. I also stepped down from my participation in the Hasty Pudding Club. By dropping my second major in Political Science. Clearly. and was subsequently interviewed by Tom Brokaw for NBC News. With my newly-discovered free time. I acknowledged that I couldn't do everything and that it was foolish to even try. She is feeling better and has some creative suggestions for the presentation. we recommend selling the bank as the best way to unlock value. I draft a presentation and stop by Glenda's desk. But I also dramatically changed my approach to college life. We formulate a plan to prepare the Collins material using junior support staff. the changes actually improved my performance. After two subsequent semesters of non-stop work. During the spring quarter of my sophomore year. detailing the current state of the Latin American equity markets. my phone is ringing. At first. I had more time to focus on chemistry. and she made a reasonable counteroffer. Instead. My whimsy is interrupted by yet another phone call. I recovered from my illness without seriously damaging my grade point average. my over commitment finally caught up with me. I guess. My parents couldn't have been prouder to see their "little girl" taking Cambridge by storm. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and Stanford University. During my "down time. At 8:00 am my message light is already flashing. This call. Glenda's focus must be on crunching numbers. I hurry to his office to explain my analysis. I decide to take her for a cup of coffee. I enjoyed considerable benefits from my frenetic schedule: a perfect 4. Occasionally. Glenda and I wrap up with marketing around 6:00 pm and discuss the Collins documents over Chinese takeout. which is anathema to a high achiever! Ironically. I often found myself completing homework assignments well after midnight. with fewer rigid deadlines. my over commitment was making me sick. the voicemail light is flashing again. but his thumbs up authorizes me to confirm my numbers with the client. he finally concedes. so I walk him through the process and provide a detailed explanation for our proposed evaluation. and await word on her final acceptance. As I reach my desk. I learned that overachievers perform best (and most enjoyably) when they listen to their own hearts as well as to the demands of the outside world. Thanks to my understanding faculty members. immediately seeks my leadership. the little tiny explorer within me had to make some painful decisions. Contracting a serious illness forced me to face a tough reality. After a brief pep talk. from Human Resources. “Just three days to prepare for the Collins presentation and I STILL don't have the data! Another all-nighter. is promising. I was team captain for the debating team during our 1997 national win. not wasted on stapling documents. surrounded by a small circle of nurturing friends. Drawing on my two-year internship in Costa Rica. Over the past six years." Before discussing my needs with Glenda. "Free time" became an impossible fantasy. describe a representative day. I relish having another seasoned professional in the group to share the burgeoning workload.

our school is small enough for me to get to know each child as an individual. After this meeting. We enthusiastically discuss new projects and opportunities for future growth. I have a conference call with the Alabama plant to discuss a critical quality control issue. I walk Glenda to her car before heading home. After reviewing the final contracts. The Alabama plant has already identified a potential source of contamination and presents a plan for speedy resolution. Although my students love to read. We agree to speak via conference call in a day or so to discuss progress. time-released fragrance/biocide combinations. My day begins with a morning meeting with the sales group to discuss a critical issue with the proposed Tidy Cat co-packaging program. Each group is filled with talented students who have a true flair for language. Although I always loved writing. Consumer complaints from Walmart have reached a five-year high. as they believe that driving this revenue to a competitor. a sensitive girl who just started dating. While recognizing that no day is typical. even temporarily. The product is a great fit for our premium cat litter brand and I am excited about our potential competitive advantage. I hope the boy realizes how special she is. I spend most of my lunch hour discussing boys with Shauna. My boss stops by for a quick chat about the upcoming Christmas party and we muse about our long. I arrive at school at 7:00 am and take an hour to prepare my lessons. As a high school English teacher. Ensuring a stable product supply through co-packers fulfills the immediate customer demand and builds long-term consumer loyalty. I am old enough to be a role model. After lunch. I don't remember being as confident and articulate as these kids. is bad for the company. I authorize the team to present the plan to the entire organization at our upcoming quarterly staff meeting. however. This is a sensitive issue with sales. Recent batches of coarse cat litter from their plant have failed the absorption test and interact negatively with our classic fragrance. we cannot afford to lose even a portion of their business. During our meeting. encouraging them during times of extreme frustration. I spend an hour checking my voice mail and answering my messages. my daily schedule is fairly standard. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago. I wrap up outstanding issues with the Fresh Step fragrance reformulation. describe a representative day. In late morning. Since they are our largest customer.material by 9:00 pm. I teach three morning classes: Shakespeare. We recently signed a long-term exclusive supply agreement with a small. we can only fulfill customer demand by using a second source of clay. I spend my lunch hour monitoring the cafeteria. they feel the stigma of the "Special Ed" label that accompanies their disability. modern literature. My afternoon classes are for freshmen with dyslexia. describe a representative day. acne and pop algebra quizzes. I enjoy my banter with Shauna. and an honors class in poetry. I carefully demonstrate the long-term value of using the second vendor. even on bad days. I finally sense that I have support from the team. a fifteen-year-old cheerleader who thinks she's in love with a senior football player. Our discussion ends well after 7 pm. I see progress. Due to limited resources. yet young enough to remember the pains of first love. At twenty-eight. My students are a refreshing contrast to the surly. productive year. when we both head home for the evening. highly motivated fragrance house that specializes in dual action. who struggle to process numbers and letters correctly. I desperately need the support of the sales team for the program to succeed. With just 300 students. self-involved teenagers who are personified in the media. . While recognizing that no day is typical. My role is more of coach and cheerleader. Cooperative ventures provide us with supply flexibility during times when our plants work above capacity. As I demonstrate the detrimental effects of lost business due to our inability to fulfill demand. I am delighted to be an encouraging force in their life. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and Duke University (Fuqua). affectionately known as "Food Cop" duty.

I was part of a twelve-member team that developed a new product for an intelligent network project. One of the goals of the program was to prepare students to debate political and social topics. it left me highly critical of those who seemed less conscientious. After consulting with our systems engineers. After reminiscing about my years in Providence. grading papers. I divided the team into sub-groups to oversee the progress and technical content of a specific part of the project. I sent a meeting schedule and progress update to each group member via email. I have repeatedly built solid teams that created success in bad situations. My diligence became a source of frustration in college. we divided into sub-teams that worked in parallel. Instead. reading essays and preparing my lesson plans for the following day. For the first time in my life. I assumed a leadership role and began to build a team. In October. By remaining focused in difficult circumstances. When I confided my frustration to my guardian. and I know from personal experience that my training at Brown was exceptional. After we made these changes. Thanks to the lessons I learned from my guardian. my English professor encouraged me to join the Latin Youth Federation. where our grades were based primarily on our successful completion of group projects. we passed the quality control tests and shipped the product on time. she suggested that I view the group project as a personal learning experience. I initiated meetings to reorganize the technical team and to tackle problem areas. I create an environment in which everyone can perform to his or her full potential. In my post-collegiate jobs. students will drop by my office to discuss an assignment or a short story they don't understand. After studying our objectives. My first year project team consisted of six members who were selected randomly within the department. my team building skills were essential to its success. group members became excited about making a contribution. She wants to be an English teacher. which required me to work long hours at several part-time jobs. Instead of demanding results and getting frustrated. What was the most difficult constructive feedback you have received. A particularly enthusiastic junior is already researching colleges and asks my opinion of Brown University. I achieved aggressive goals and earned the respect of my teammates. and what did you do as a result of it? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Dartmouth University (Tuck) and the University of Virginia. What was the most difficult constructive feedback you have received. To accommodate our rigid deadline. From the project's inception. I became financially self-sufficient after my parents died. I achieved better results as a leader than as a critic. she encouraged me to help improve the team's morale. which greatly improved morale. I concluded that my teammates were uninterested in achieving our objectives. Although I was relatively new to the project. During my junior year in college. which sponsored debates among Latin students throughout California. As my guardian suspected. After a few nonproductive meetings.acknowledging that their gifts to the universe will be quite different from my own. she warned me that I would not succeed by forcing my unrealistic expectations on the rest of the group. I assumed responsibility for meeting the product's quality requirements and deadlines. Whenever possible. Of the proposed topics. Although this responsibility helped me to mature. Occasionally. I organized group meetings and took minutes for those who were absent. and what did you do as a result of it? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Chicago and UCLA. particularly those of interest to the Latin community. I continue to employ a similar approach in managing group situations. Last year. In high school. Before we could achieve our mutual objectives. I didn't understand why other students didn't complete their assignments as quickly and perfectly as I did. we needed to learn how to work together and combine our individual strengths. My primary job was to improve communication and establish trust within the group. Rather than harp on project goals. I encourage her to apply. I assigned tasks that matched the skills and interests of my team members. Each week. I was particularly intrigued by the controversy that surrounded the . I remain at school until 4 pm. I revised our designs and kept management abreast of our progress.

Bilingual Education Program. I later discovered that he had simply forgotten to include me in his mass e-mail. I automatically assumed the worst. I owe it to the people in my life to do so. she blamed me for being overly sensitive. I knew better. You know how slow the elevators are." My touchiness probably has its roots in my Turkish heritage. my opponent exploited my weakness and undermined my confidence. I also needed to learn how to take innocuous comments with a "grain of salt. which has certainly influenced my personality. Opponents lobbied to eliminate its funding. I could never have learned English in a step-by-step process. coupled with my upbringing in Germany. As a result. Far too many times. as is my tendency to micro-analyze everything that I hear. I simply take the words at face value and do not ascribe any "hidden meanings. it will take an extra 15 minutes. I created all sorts of drama in my head that simply didn't exist. I am making progress. If faced with more than one possible interpretation. Despite my weeks of painstaking preparation. I got overly emotional and lost my objectivity. and have achieved impressive results. I can take things less seriously and avoid jumping to the wrong conclusions. because they didn't think the program benefited the community. which affects our level of sensitivity toward others. Once he realized that he had the upper hand. I became less focused on winning than on simply enjoying the experience and doing a good job. Clearly. that is no longer an issue." I felt terrible when I received this instant message from my friend Joanne. . rather than as a defense mechanism. Previously. I will no longer allow myself to sabotage good relationships by expecting others to see the world exactly the same way that I do. In the painful aftermath of the debate. I was determined to take control of my hypersensitivity. After all. I was so personally invested in the topic that I was blinded to my argument's weaknesses. All of the preparation in the world doesn't help if I lose my composure in the final hour. As I look to the future. I can now acknowledge Joanne's comments as constructive encouragement that inspired me to grow as a person. I needed to change my expectation that other people would act and speak the same way that I did. I assumed that a simple miscommunication was an intentional slight. Both cultures place a high value on etiquette. When a co-worker failed to include me in his e-mail about an upcoming lunch event. unprepared for the confrontation. Our argument was a startling wake-up call. In this situation. The moderator interrupted me several times to ask questions in a sarcastic manner. Although I didn't immediately realize that she was trying to help me. Thanks to my professor's constructive feedback. My argument with Joanne is now in the past. I have always read deeper meaning into other people's words or actions than they actually intended. my performance in the debate was an embarrassment. My bold response: "I would have come and picked you up. More importantly. and what did you do as a result of it? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Dartmouth University (Tuck) and the University of Michigan. I had always viewed my sensitivity a positive quality which inspired my consideration toward others. An excellent debater should theoretically be able to argue either position with equal vigor and skill. Few comments are nearly as "personal" as I had assumed. He handily won the debate. Joanne's comment forced me to realize that being hypersensitive occasionally caused people to think less of me. Although it wasn't the first time I had heard the accusation. When I evaluate someone's comments. my English professor offered the most constructive feedback I have ever received. but I guess that is where we differ." When we discussed the incident later that day. Throughout my life. I immediately thought that he had purposely excluded me. don't be so invested in the outcome of a situation that you lose your composure. What was the most difficult constructive feedback you have received. I gave my opponent his opportunity to win. "If I try to pick you up for lunch. Although it is not easy to change a twenty-year-old mindset. I finally understood its significance. I will use my sensitivity as a gift. I have taken my professor's advice to heart in subsequent debates. By losing my objectivity." By assuming the best. Without the bilingual education program. In fact. we each have a different value system. After my conversation with Joanne.

By perfecting my time management skills. As an undergraduate student. In Orlando's white hot real estate market. I definitely took his words to heart. Armed with a strong mind and a competitive spirit. I have invested my own capital to convert four abandoned warehouses into thirty luxury condominium units. I learned how to push the limits of my scholastic potential. I maintained an excellent GPA while attaining all-district honors in baseball and golf. As a Real Estate major at the University of Florida. Whatever challenges I may face. As I advance in the real estate business. I have drafted a long-term plan for the Somerset Plaza in Altamonte Springs. Yet my most valuable asset is my set of core values. I also assumed the responsibility of mentoring young men in the community. . a close friend and Harvard alumni who works as a commercial real estate developer in Boston. By coaching basketball at First Unitarian Church and youth baseball in Orlando. he insisted.What Matters Most To You? Why? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). In some ways. In business. She assured me that my background in finance. From my earliest memory. I am certain that I have the character and judgment to make sound. the professional and psychological benefits are enormous. the project yielded nearly $6 million in profits. where I research deeds. I am eager to embrace whatever challenges Harvard may present. friends and family. my parents are the embodiment of the American dream. With tenacity. I will be well prepared to achieve both objectives. Working with my father has given me the opportunity to acquire practical experience in an environment of integrity and trust. makes me an excellent fit for the profession. As I mature. my challenge was attributable to my inherently inquisitive nature. On several occasions. In my academic career. I am confident that I have the ability to set priorities and manage my time effectively. anything was possible. When I envision the challenges of business school. In many ways. my father's primary goal was to teach his three children the power of persistence and determination. Although my schedule is often frenetic. In all aspects of life. along with my analytical nature. For the past six years. I am committed to bringing strong personal values to all of my business transactions. What Matters Most To You? Why? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Chicago. Contingency clauses. As the third generation of my family to work in the same field. I am honored to carry on the Smith legacy. I have also worked at my father's firm. I continually re-define my personal definition of success. I cannot imagine a better legacy to leave in my parents' honor. I missed only one day of classes due to illness. By setting ambitious yet attainable goals. and prepare sales sheets and photographs for real estate listings. In my four-year college career. my life has been shaped by Suncoast Insurance & Real Estate. I am able to successfully navigate all of life's experiences. I have discovered that my passion is converting undervalued properties into successful commercial units. acknowledging that a deal does not "work" unless it benefits both parties. Escrow accounts. which will enable me to to help struggling communities achieve their highest potential. Over the past two years. I have always enjoyed learning new things and participating in a diverse set of activities. Title searches. With my father's encouragement. I must also find time for sports. my core values enable me to face the future with confidence and enthusiasm. The project will allow me to combine my love of development with my desire to make a long-term contribution to my community. In addition to a prosperous real estate career. my father's successful real estate business. As a student. they have used their innate talents to build a satisfying life doing something they love. while also volunteering for the American Cancer Society. I bring a sense of honesty and trust to all transactions. As a man of deep faith. well-reasoned decisions. I distinguished myself from others who lacked the commitment and social skills to thrive in the rigorous educational environment. With the skills I acquire at Harvard. I have discussed my aspirations with Marianne Walters. I sometimes struggled with the challenge of balancing my schoolwork with my other hobbies and interests. Besides closing deals. By honoring God. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida. measure homes for appraisals. which will convert one-half of a million square feet of abandoned retail space into an assisted living facility for the elderly.

Iran's political system must devote additional money and resources to alleviate such pressing social problems.What matters most to me is making meaningful improvements in my native Iran. I was saddened to know that they survived on charity and the kindness of strangers. Throughout my childhood. In contrast. After years of political corruption and rampant violence in elections. my long-term aspiration is to graduate from business to politics. many have lost hope of a better future. Inspired by Children First. millions of children have been left without parents.000 for our cause. which raised over $300. Wherever I go. Her ability to rebound from a disaster and push herself to a higher level was a powerful example of the human spirit. Sadly. unemployment and caste divide. this money will support a full year of education for nearly three hundred students. I held two gala benefits. I am committed to doing my part to alleviate their stress and provide the loving support they desperately deserve. I would like to promote a similar program in Iran to stimulate political interest among qualified youth. raised money and handled local marketing and publicity. As a volunteer. What matters most to me is embracing life's challenges with a similar passion that will enable me to push the limits of my own potential. What matters most to you and why? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Stanford University. After decades of civil unrest. In my role as fundraiser. the children embraced me as a long-lost friend and enchanted me with their playfulness. I organized the events. orphaned children will rely on the generosity of charities. During my first trip to New York City. An excellent prototype is the White House internship program that was started in 1965 by John Gardner under President Lyndon Johnson. the significance of the skyline paled in comparison to what the teenager had achieved. In that brief moment. In my own life. they did not offer parental love. Despite my reputation as an excellent planner. Although several charities like Imaginings try to help children. Unfortunately. a group that organized street shows. . Sadly. My time with the boys was both exhilarating and sobering. Clarke. Iran has been ravaged by several decades of “ivory tower” politics. I saw a news clip about a teenage girl in Hawaii who lost her arm during a shark attack. corruption. Just three weeks later. I always enjoyed the love and attention of two doting parents. For the nation to survive. which supports an elementary school outside Tehran. Although I was delighted to enrich their day. she was back on her surf board with a smile on her face. and even fewer have enjoyed the benefits of an education. Over the years. I worked as a volunteer for Children First. I faced an unknown challenge when I began to train as a mountain climber. I was amazed by the rugged skyline: what a marvelous human achievement! Later. I overestimated my ability to scale Angel's Peak in Zion National Park. cultural exhibits and fundraisers to benefit abandoned children. the thirty-one orphaned boys shared a tiny house in the ghetto with one teacher and two nannies. According to the teachers at the school. I continue to support organizations that serve the needs of orphaned and abandoned children. I take my cue from America. it has given hundreds of young Americans a feel for politics and has cultivated leaders like Secretary of State Colin Powell and Retired General Wesley K. Although my short-term dream is to form a successful Internet business. Iran's younger generation has grown apathetic toward their community and society. I plan to be an advocate for change. widespread corruption has prevented sustained improvement in these areas. Iran's myriad problems have had terrible ramifications on her people. My first visit was eye-opening. Iran needs to implement a long-term plan to provide young people with exposure to political life. Raised in a financially-secure home. The contacts I make at Stanford will help me to fulfill my dream of building a stronger and safer Iran. Although the adults provided food and shelter. a new breed of leaders must step in and make desperately needed changes. as if nothing had happened. I am an active member of Imaginings. Here in the US. Until Iran adopts a better political system with a sustained interest in helping disadvantaged people. At every visit. But my greatest joy was simply spending time with the children. as I walked through the airport. where industry leaders like Michael Bloomberg have revitalized communities and made great people leaders.

Just as I used a wide range of physical and mental strengths to scale the mountain. I was in the top 10% of my class and had published three papers in peer-reviewed journals. climbing is actually quite simple if reduced to its fundamentals: planning. I eventually made it to the top. I was flooded with the same traumatic symptoms as before. rather than a potential fall. along with a slow. Although I worked incredibly hard. I not only learned how to speak and write English. where jobs and education were restricted. I simply refused to go back without reaching the top. My motivation to complete my MBA at Stanford is to acquire the tools to scale even higher mountains and achieve more significant results. about a tenth of a mile from the summit. which can be tailored in creative ways to satisfy different needs. I realized the power of persistence in achieving a seemingly impossible goal." Unlike Central America. I suddenly experienced giddiness and nausea. Like most complex endeavors. I have often been presented with challenges that initially seemed impossible. Unfortunately. As I complete my application for business school. Yet I systematically conquered each obstacle by using the same techniques as when I scaled the mountain. I didn't realize how hard I would have to work to succeed. Making friends was difficult. Through this program. Fortunately. the classic symptoms of acrophobia. Stanford teaches the basic concepts of running a business. I accompanied a group of friends on a 17-mile Half-Dome hike in the Yosemite Valley. By overcoming my demons. I also realized the many ways in which my challenges as a rock climber are similar to those I will face as a leader. Thanks to years of preparation and training. Focusing on the rock. Throughout my career as an engineer. In both cases. I opened my mind to a million new possibilities for my future. but was also encouraged to perfect my fluency in Spanish. careful plan to achieve a goal.Standing at an elevation of 2500 ft with a steep drop on either side. I decided to work through them. When I came to the Bronx in 1993. Both situations require nerves of steel. Similarly. I am ready to embrace an interdisciplinary approach to solving the difficult problems that leadership will present. I also was elected as captain of the University of Rhode Island nationally-acclaimed debate team. my legs began to shake vigorously and the giddiness threatened my visibility. My salvation was the school’s bilingual education program for students learning English as their second language. By my senior year. rather than the As I desired. scaling a cliff requires both physical and mental dexterity. as I barely spoke a word of English. I ignored the symptoms and decided to proceed with the climb. I hope the committee will take into consideration my difficult adjustment to the United States. At the base of the final ascent. Like management. When comparing me to other applicants. After an initial period of self-doubt. I wore glasses that blocked my peripheral vision. my mother often spoke of the "American dream. Throughout my childhood in Honduras. Regardless of the level of difficulty. I faced the formidable challenge of adjusting to a new country and language. my grades were primarily Bs and Cs. After completing 8 miles. as my English improved. Just a glimpse of the Half-Dome poster in my room inspires me to challenge myself and explore the world outside my comfort zone. Addendum To Explain a Low GPA This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Duke University (Fuqua) and Vanderbilt University. the United States offered unlimited opportunity for those who were willing to pursue it. As a precautionary measure. With just a quarter mile to go. Later that year. Although I was eager to move here. On a deep emotional level. but I was determined to eventually conquer it. After my experience in Utah. my only reward is the challenge of stretching my comfort zone by conquering a steeper climb with fewer footholds and handholds. surveying the terrain for routes and obstacles is as crucial to the climb’s success as physical strength and endurance. the same fundamentals help the climber negotiate the terrain. I adapted well to my new school system. there are no hidden agendas. I will draw upon the resources of different disciplines at Stanford to develop decision-making or pricing models. so did my grades. the language barrier prevented me from competing successfully with other college students who were native speakers of English. I am ready. footwork and strength (finger. I enrolled in Morris High School. Unfortunately. words cannot adequately describe the exhilaration I felt at that moment. At age seventeen. arm and back). To this day. With the patience and support of the faculty. where I didn't know a soul. . I was prepared for the aggressive climb. Acknowledging this ailment was a tremendous blow to my pride.

When evaluating my application. Because of the residual damage to my leg. I broke four bones and needed extensive surgery to repair them. Fortunately. During fall semester. I am eager to take my place on campus and make a positive contribution to the world. During my junior and senior years of college. I also needed physical therapy to regain my muscle strength. During the first few weeks. Rather than take a reduced load. both orally and in writing. Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. but as evidence of the powerful support I needed to recover my mobility and graduate with my class. Thanks to the exceptional doctors. that option would probably have enabled me to get better grades. . I attained a perfect 4. my focus was on recovery rather than schoolwork. Yet I am proud to graduate with my class. including graduate level classes in Physics and Differential Equations. I struggled with a heavy course load. I adjusted to a new culture and carved out my own unique set of values and goals. Yet my struggle to perfect the English language is most certainly reflected in my grades. fate spared me from permanent physical damage. I hope the admissions committee will understand. I opted to simply do my best and hope that my concentration would improve. Looking back. My concentration deficit was also troubling. I couldn't concentrate on my assignments. This maturity will be an asset to your school and will make me a more competent and empathetic professional. Addendum To Explain a Low GPA This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard University. I have become deeply appreciative of the opportunities I have reaped by living in America. In addition to learning a new language. White).Throughout my life. when I was granted extra time on my final exams. which had a been a huge source of enjoyment and pride. I offer their letters not as an excuse. It wasn't pretty. Unfortunately. My lower GPA for these two years reflects this decision. In addition. I am eager to give back the fruits of my academic labor. I could no longer play football. If given a chance. I spun out of control on a patch of ice and injured my right leg. I have graduated from a top college. In that split second collision. Several friends and advisors suggested that I should take a year off to fully recover. While driving home from work. I chose Vanderbilt University both for its academic reputation and for its commitment to enrolling an international student body that is tolerant of diversity. I can clearly convey my thoughts and ideas. Davis and Hanson). I opted to compete with my classmates on a level playing field. my GPA paid a heavy price. I did not request any special accommodations from the university for my dyslexia. Addendum To Explain a Low GPA This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Case Western University and the University of Texas. The accident was a setback. My GPA was nearly perfect until I suffered a severe injury during my junior year of college. by working with tutors to develop alternative learning methods. Although I was "entitled" to take my exams in a separate classroom (with no time restrictions). America has given me so much. I hope the committee will look beyond my grade point average and consider the tremendous efforts behind them. but not from excruciating pain. I went from being a jock to a helpless patient who needed help going to the bathroom. the emotional effects of the accident lingered well into my senior year. Two professors (Drs. I managed to get past my initial anger and complete my rehab in just nine weeks. but not a fatal one. I struggled with every minor detail of my hospitalization. I am back in the game and ready to show you what I can do. During my two months in rehab. Many people are surprised to learn that I have struggled with dyslexia my entire life. Thankfully. published an article and been promoted rapidly at work. I will bring my dedication and tenacity to all of my endeavors. along with my rehab specialist (Dr.0 grade point average. Although I established a good rapport with my tutor. During my first two years of college. have provided reference letters to document my struggles after the accident. Although it eventually did. nurses and counselors on staff.

Unfortunately, my decision to avoid "special treatment" was later responsible for my mediocre score on the GMAT. When placed under considerable time pressure, such as a once-in-a-lifetime exam, I struggle with slips in visual processing and organization of written information. The first time I took the GMAT (in April of 2004), I did not request special accommodations for my disability. As a result, my score was not as high as I would have expected. In October of 2004, I re-took the GMAT under special conditions and raised my score from 660 to 730. Clearly, with additional time, I was able to demonstrate my mastery of the material. I want to assure the admissions committee that dyslexia has only a limited impact on my life beyond the fundamentals of reading and writing. Throughout high school and college, I excelled at math and science, demonstrating that strong ability to draw together disjointed pieces of information into one cohesive thought. Although dyslexia occasionally presents minor challenges in my life, I am confident that I can overcome them. You have been given $1 million to set up a philanthropic organization. What would it support and why? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and Duke University (Fuqua). I would create an endowment to support a program like the Police Activity League (PAL), which builds children's self-esteem through community involvement. The Miami chapter of PAL nurtured my initial passion for sports and taught me the importance of teamwork. Under their auspices, I developed the discipline to succeed in athletics, along with the ability to keep things in perspective. With the support of my PAL mentor, I applied for several athletic scholarships, which paid my way through college. Looking back, I owe most of my career success to the abundant resources that PAL provided. I'm passionate about giving back to this fine group. In my spare time, I work as an instructor for our PAL youth program and serve as a lacrosse coach. In addition to improving my own game, I enjoy helping young players master the sport. As a criminal defense attorney, I see what happens to kids who don't get the type of nurturing and support that PAL provides. Without a guiding hand, kids fall into all types of criminal behavior that ruins their lives. PAL can help.

You have been given $1 million to set up a philanthropic organization. What would it support and why? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Northwestern University (Kellogg). I would place the money in a trust to support cancer research. When I was twelve years old, I became the primary caregiver for my mother, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her illness (and survival) left me acutely aware of our individual responsibility to make healthy lifestyle choices. Since high school, I have volunteered at several organizations that educate the public about preventive medicine. As secretary and treasurer of YSAC (Yale Students for the Awareness of Cancer), I led an an anti-smoking campaign and helped to educate older women about the importance of early detection for breast and cervical cancer. As a volunteer for Gilda’s Club, I coordinated parties and seminars for cancer patients and their families. I currently work with cancer patients at New Haven Oncology Associates, where I draw blood, conduct lab analyses and take vital signs. Helping others is the most rewarding aspect of my life. If I can put a smile on a patient's face for just one second, I feel like a success.

Besides their underlying mission to prevent cancer, these groups also suffer from a chronic need for money. Each agency relies heavily on state and federal funds, along with the proceeds from public fundraisers. Sadly, the quality of services each group can provide is directly dependent on the availability of funds. I've seen first-hand the difference that a small contribution can make. I would place the million dollars in an annuity that would subsidize an aggressive educational program on cancer prevention. The money would also ensure that no patient would be denied essential treatment because of an inability to pay. You have been given $1 million to set up a philanthropic organization. What would it support and why? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Dartmouth University (Tuck) and Columbia University. As the Director of Human Resources for the Mesa office of Dell Computer, I am continually challenged to attract and retain skilled workers in a technologically-driven economy. All too often, we must relocate employees from remote locations because we are unable to source viable candidates locally. With that in mind, if I had $1 million to invest, I would establish a not-for-profit and tax-exempt corporation that would increase computer literacy among local high school students. The money would cover the costs of a fullystaffed computer learning center in public high schools in Mesa that do not currently offer computer training. The centers would offer instruction on key skills of interest to employers, including common office applications, programming languages and networking fundamentals. After completing this training, the students would be well prepared to assume highly-paid skilled positions in the technology industry. Such a center would be a win/win in the burgeoning Mesa community. The students would receive targeted training without the costs associated with a four-year college degree. By developing a highly skilled work force, the area would be more attractive to high tech companies that may consider moving here. In the past three years, both Hewlett Packard and Cisco Systems have cited the "technically literate" workforce in Boston as the primary reason they chose the city as the location for their new manufacturing plants. With a better trained workforce, Mesa would be an alternative choice for these companies to consider. The "upward spiral" from this sort of growth is a precursor to many exciting possibilities. As more businesses relocate to Mesa, the city's tax base will increase, which will finance the necessary infrastructure that accompanies growth. It all starts with training. By producing a highly qualified workforce, we will set in motion an exciting cascade of events, which will culminate in Mesa becoming a "high tech community with a small town feel." In an industry dominated by expensive, overcrowded technology strips, such as Boston and Silicon Valley, Mesa would be a pleasant and affordable alternative. If you could be present at any event in time, what would it be and why? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). Looking back, it is one of my fondest childhood memories. After dinner, my grandfather Thata would call his nine grandchildren inside for one of his ‘talks.’ As I plopped onto the floor in front of his chair, Thata would clear his throat before he launched into the speech I had heard many times before: the importance of continuing Martin Luther King's movement to promote racial equality in the United States. At age six, I already had a strong appreciation for what Dr. King had accomplished with passion and hard work. For over ten years, my grandfather had worked with Dr. King as a speechwriter and spiritual mentor. Thata had been an integral part of Dr. King's speaking tour, which visited big cities across the United States. Wherever they went, they carried the promise of a better future for all of God's children. If I could have been present at any moment in time, I would have been in the audience for Dr. King's heart wrenching 1967 "I have a dream....." speech, in which he eloquently summarized his hopes for a prosperous and integrated America. Decades after losing both Thata and Dr. King, I struggle to carry on their dream. As a member of the Rainbow Coalition, I work tirelessly to promote equality in the US legal system. I am honored to have the camaraderie and support of leaders such as Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson, yet I still wish that I had been part of the generation who knew Dr. King, a true American hero. Through books, videos and

discussions with his peers, I have tried to acquire a sense of who he was and what he hoped his legacy might be. To whatever extent possible, I will pursue his dream. If you could be present at any event in time, what would it be and why? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago. I would have loved to have been a NASA employee during the historic 1969 moon landing. My father was an engineer for the Kennedy Space Center from 1965 - 1971, where he worked directly on the landing mechanisms for the Columbia and Gemini modules. At the time, I was only three years old, but the event has attained legendary status in our family history. Throughout my childhood, I heard every remarkable detail about that night in the summer of 1969, when American astronauts defied the odds and landed on the surface of the moon. Although I did not share my father's passion for engineering, I envied his obvious pride at being part of something so magnificent. For many years, my father would call me after every NASA liftoff and recount the magical story of Neil Armstrong's "giant leap for mankind." More than any other moment, that event was permanently engraved in my father's heart. With my father's death in 2002, I lost my link to that sacred time and must rely on my own fading memories of the story. Although I was just a child, in my heart, I was there, too, sharing the pride of the possibility of life in an entirely new world. If you could be present at any event in time, what would it be and why? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and the University of Michigan. On December 20, 2003, the Pennsylvania General Assembly voted unanimously to declare over one million acres of land as "protected territory," which would prohibit its commercial development. As an advocate who lobbied strongly for the vote, I would have loved to have been present at the meeting. My work as a community advocate dates back to 1994, when the issue struck dangerous close to home. After the death of an elderly friend, his 12-acre spread of wetlands, ponds and natural wildlife in historic York County was sold on the condition that it would "not be developed." Just a few months later, several surveyors and building contractors tried to negotiate a development deal with the new owner. The ecological ramifications of the proposed development were staggering. Thousands of migrating Canadian geese would lose their habitat, which was federally protected by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, the proposed environmental changes would threaten the endangered species of bog turtles that are indigenous to our area. With my wife’s support, I began a grassroots campaign to fight the development. Through pictures and testimonials, we documented the existence of the turtles to various state and federal organizations. We also displayed the photographs on our web site, and attended township meetings to educate the public about the devastating impact it would have on our ecosystem. Our results enabled the later findings of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which protected the area to ensure the survival of the turtles. Our success in thwarting the development reinforced my long-term aspirations to work in local government. As a lifelong resident of York County, I felt compelled to infuse the local political system with a muchneeded sense of balance in making decisions that affect the community. Throughout the past decade, I've watched the community struggle with difficult issues relating to land consumption, rising taxes, historical preservation, and the economic incentive of real estate developers. Although one person can't change the world, an informed advocate can educate the public about the long-term ramifications of community growth. The December 20, 2003 decision from the Pennsylvania General Assembly was a wonderful reward for my efforts and a long-term benefit to the future of the state..

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the same small staff of five handles the thousands of trades generated by the quantitative model every day. We classified clients into three distinct groups and directly addressed each group's concerns. I am prepared to embark on an MBA program that focuses on innovation and fundamental business principles. After graduating from Harvard University in 1995. and we encourage you to describe your most substantial accomplishment. Mr. and the University of Virginia. The project has also been a tremendous learning experience for me. After performing varied analyses and simulations. the opportunity to work for Citicorp in their Investment Management Division brought me to the forefront of finance and investment. their market will be seized by those companies that can offer innovative financial solutions. education and housing system are privatized. Chinese banks. My responsibilities also broadened to encompass new model research and product development. while their health care. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan). Since graduating from college. and has become a key revenue and profit generator for the group. Fisher Black. discuss which management track appeals to you and how it fits your professional aspirations. There is little choice in investment products and many of the recent advances in finance and risk management have yet to be applied. While AFP gave me my first hands-on experience with finance and technology. MA 02142-1347 Dear Mr. As the Chinese financial needs become increasingly complex. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. The savings rate is high in the region. the creator of the "Black-ScholesMerton" option formula. Further. This rewarding experience reaffirmed my long-term goal to create innovative financial products and services for the Asian markets. It is the right time for me to embrace these changes and take a leadership role in this historical transition. I . an innovative firm that specializes in catastrophic reinsurance. Thanks to the ATS system. Additionally. My primary achievement was developing their internal risk management system. I came to appreciate the complexity of launching a new financial product. both in your education and in your work history. It should point out the features of your résumé that you believe to be of interest to the Admissions Committee. I first worked in the technology group and led a team of two software engineers to develop an Automated Trading System (ATS). I landed my first job as a quantitative analyst at American Financial Products. The opportunity will be greatest in China. drawing over $100 million in its first month.to the Admissions Committee. Our precise targeting enabled us to illustrate key benefits to each investor group in one single slide and powerfully differentiate our product from the competition. the markets in Southeast Asia are still in their infancy. Carcia and MBA Admission Committee: An MBA from Sloan will enable me to direct and shape the growing Asian financial service industry. Compared with the well-developed financial markets in the United States. I eventually developed some robust investment strategies that underpinned the new product. I was assigned to a multifunctional project team to develop and launch a new tax-efficient investment product. Rod Carcia Director of Admissions MIT Sloan School of Management MBA Admissions Office 50 Memorial Drive Room E52-101 Cambridge. due to the changes that accompany its entry into the WTO. please comment on your career goals and those factors which influenced you to pursue an MBA education. was a partner in the division and founded the quantitative group. I was promoted to associate at Citicorp in 1999 and transferred into the product group. but also learned how to communicate with non-technical staff and contribute effectively in a multi-functional team. I have held several positions of increasing responsibility in the financial industry. The assets under management by the group have increased almost three-fold to $55 billion. insurance and mortgage industries will be gradually deregulated. I have specialized in information technology and equity investment and gained experience in both a small start-up company and an established global corporation. yet the investment rate is still low. We are also interested in what you believe you can contribute to the school and your fellow students. The product had the second most successful launch in Citicorp Asset Management history.

created many of the innovative financial products traded on Wall Street. mind and soul on an endeavor that could make a difference in the world and provide him with a sense of independence. 2. He simply said. my own understanding of technology and the need for a creative outlet not only propel my future. discuss which management track appeals to you and how it fits your professional aspirations. he started his own manufacturing plant on the outskirts of New Delhi. Further. completed his doctoral and post-doctoral degrees in chemistry. I can be reached at (212) 555-5555 or through email at applicant@yahoo. My father. we use many of the tools developed by the Sloan faculty to assess and manage risks and returns on multi-billion dollar portfolios. the plant eventually employed 65 people. I directed a mentoring program in the National Association of Asian American Professionals in New Jersey/New York and hope to continue this work at Sloan. convinced that his brain child would someday blossom into a successful enterprise. Additionally. Sloan is not only a place for me to learn. The two most influential people in my life chose paths on the extremities of the professional spectrum. marketing and operations through my working experience in American Financial and Citicorp. Thanks very much for your consideration. he focused his heart. providing leadership and technical expertise at many different levels of management. the security and benefits of a large company far outweighed the excitement and heady feeling associated with a business start-up. Identifying the need for automotive suspensions in the booming public transport industry. Sadly. it is also a community for me to share and contribute. "I experiment during slow times. My uncle. but I realize that the depth and breadth of these experience are not to the degree that my goals require. both in your education and in your work history. During one of the quiet times. The cover letter should conform to the standards of business correspondence and be addressed to the Admissions Committee. I was attracted by the constant influx of people and materials in the plant. finance. With my diverse cultural and professional background.want to be fully prepared to seize the opportunity presented by the opening of the Asian and Chinese markets. Dear Committee Members. His business was never about money. With careful expansion. I asked my uncle why some of the idle lathes were in different stages of assembly. Please contact me if you need additional information regarding my application. but it stagnated after its first 5 years. I silently wondered if it was worth it. I think I have a lot to offer to the Sloan community. A systematic examination of fundamental business theory in an MBA program will provide me the framework to run an international business unit. As a kid. It will be exhilarating to learn new advances in financial technologies directly from the leading faculty who pioneered these innovations at Sloan. decided at a young age to become an entrepreneur. and we encourage you to describe your most substantial accomplishment. but about honoring his calling. and retired from the same company 25 years later as the head of R&D. He later joined a multi-national chemical conglomerate as a chief chemist. please comment on your career goals and those factors which influenced you to pursue an MBA education.” headed by Andrew Lo." At age twelve. We are also interested in what you believe you can contribute to the school and your fellow students. with the goal of remaining in academia. I have solid training in technology. In my work at Citicorp. advanced comprehensive training in finance will give me the strong foundation for new product development. on the other hand. I simply knew that he struggled to remain self-employed. I also hope to continue my commitment to helping young professionals develop their career skills. my uncle did not possess the business . I am eager to share my research and networks in Asian financial markets and bring the Asian cultural and business leaders to Sloan. Fifteen years later.com. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and the University of Chicago. but enable me to understand my uncle's dream. He reveled in various roles. Sincerely. Graduates of the Sloan’s “Financial Engineering Program. I didn't appreciate the underlying implications of his passion for engineering and entrepreneurship. Equally important. Sloan's MBA program is ideal preparation for my career in finance. To my father. It should point out the features of your résumé that you believe to be of interest to the Admissions Committee.

To explore my love for engineering. utilizing their expertise to research the technical depth of the idea. By acknowledging their fears and sharing my own concerns from time to time. has enabled me to grow. and to encourage the same level of critical thinking in others. I also learned how to present well-reasoned responses to tough. taking advantage of the cost efficiencies and avoiding the pitfalls. I am committed to combining my passion for technology and entrepreneurship into my own successful venture. my job was complicated by morale problems that surrounded Cisco's fresh round of layoffs. Sloan's program brings together high caliber students from all walks of life to share their collective wisdom in a congenial setting. where I received an NSF grant to perform research. Since people are the cornerstone of a successful enterprise. along with a paper in the prestigious Journal of Applied Electronics. which gave me a taste of the business side of technology. I must augment my technical expertise with fundamental skills in business. Although I yearned to embark on my own enterprise. While I explore the intricacies of venture capital investing. I led a team of 10 designers that delivered the largest embedded memory in company history. The company culture. sales and general management. In addition to its didactic rigor. graduate school refined my thought process and shaped the way that I solve problems. I decided to wait until I had acquired the requisite academic training to succeed. the design drastically cut the silicon area and reduced the tester time. I will be prepared to embark on my venture and fulfill a dream that I have nurtured since childhood. few team members felt secure about their jobs. my technical challenges were usually amplified by cultural and language differences. With team members scattered across the globe. I later completed my Masters degree at the University of Virginia. yet I yearn to solve larger. projects and resources. I must learn the best possible ways to hire. To achieve this goal. When Cisco abandoned the turnkey backend model (fabrication. For me. My initial challenge was to provide technical leadership. As an engineer. when I architected a new repair mechanism for YYY. To achieve this goal. I completed my undergraduate degree at BITS. testing and packaging) for building its chips. Later projects taught me how to lead by innovation. such as “Global . a cutting edge processor in the low-end internet server space. My latest projects have taught me how to motivate people. including finance. While encouraging them to remain positive. Following graduation. both personally and professionally. An MBA from Sloan is an essential next step in bringing my dream to fruition. After just 2 years at Cisco. train and motivate them. I must learn how to lead multifunctional teams in all aspects of an organization. Before I initiate my own start-up. I have completed several advanced circuit courses via Northwestern University and have helped my colleague give lectures for the undergraduate version of the course. a Sloan MBA will be an accelerated learning experience to help me answer my call to lead. one of India’s premiere engineering institutes. strategy. Yet his dedication to entrepreneurship provided a powerful example that continues to inspire me. industry and self-employment had to offer. During this period. more multidimensional problems. I am particularly intrigued by the possibility of bringing new technology to the marketplace through my own entrepreneurial venture. At this point in my career. I lead a multi-team technical discussion at 4:00 am with the help of a Chinese translator. my work at Cisco Systems provided numerous opportunities to manage people. I showed my creative flair on the XXX team. to reduce risks and obtain more competitive pricing. With a soundly researched idea. As expected. Since I moved to Chicago in the summer of 2001. to meet a looming design deadline. a firm footing in the venture capital business and a group of able professionals surrounding me. I have demonstrated key skills as a technical manager in all phases of circuit design. nor did he ever get rich.background to bring his dream to fruition. In the summer of 2000. Additional classes in Kellogg's continuing education program. I will explore the possibility of locating part of the firm in India. I also recommended that they mentally prepare for the impending lay-offs by attending resume writing workshops and interview training courses that the company provided. I opted for a career path that embodied the best of what academia. I continue to embrace complex engineering problems with the same curiosity and enthusiasm. I built a strong spirit of camaraderie. He never made the perfect leaf spring. As "outsourcing-gone-wrong" stories proliferate in the marketplace. On one occasion. yielding sizable cost savings. I assumed a technical leadership role by setting design methodology and driving global tasks across the project. I want to make sure that I can partition the operations in a manner that lends itself to the off-shore model. I loved the challenge of analyzing complex situations and exploring creative ways to achieve a goal. Cisco experimented with new foundries. Following graduation. My findings yielded two conference publications. I also want to polish my communication and negotiation skills. Years after graduation. I will also build strong synergistic links with academia through my contacts at the University of Virginia. I plan to join a venture capital firm that specializes in the hi-tech industry. which combines the benefits of a large firm with the high energy level of a start-up venture. where I can leverage my engineering experiences and learn to drive a start-up from concept to liquidity. marketing. I will build the contacts necessary to start my own company. open-ended questions. Throughout the project. The first of its kind at Cisco.

By introducing the idea of cross-functional work teams to my division. while I explore my passion for self-employment in the Entrepreneur and Venture Capital Clubs. which comprises over 54% of the company's $128 million business. In my second year of the program. Mr. Combined with the collective expertise of the faculty. I joined the International Business Development Network (IBD). one of China's finest academic institutions. which boasts impressive. Garcia and the MBA Admission Committee: My application to Sloan's MBA program is the culmination of nearly a decade of preparation in both academia and industry. My extensive technical training at Peking University. As an engineer. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and the University of Michigan. As part of Sloan's distinguished alumni. It should point out the features of your résumé that you believe to be of interest to the Admissions Committee. Sincerely. MA 02142-1347 Dear Mr. which provides a forum for high technology professionals. Rod Garcia Director of Admissions MIT Sloan School of Management MBA Admissions Office 50 Memorial Drive Room E52-101 Cambridge." Sloan offers several unique benefits for aspiring entrepreneurs. I eventually became responsible for the company's entire line of Analytical Products. I will leave a sustainable legacy in the world of technology. both in your education and in your work history. The Private Equity Seminar will help me to develop my investing skills among global experts in the field. 3. Additionally.Strategic Thinking Tools” and “From Idea to Reality. further demonstrate my ability and willingness to handle the heavy workload for which Sloan has become famous. discuss which management track appeals to you and how it fits your professional aspirations. After completing my undergraduate studies in 1998. Further. real-world experience. has provided me with the analytical background to handle the quantitative aspects of the MBA program. My graduation among the top 5% of my class. venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to learn from each other and form valuable partnerships. along with my decision to pursue concentrations in both chemistry and engineering (although only a single discipline was required). In 2003. engineering and scientific . and we encourage you to describe your most substantial accomplishment. My team building skills will be invaluable in my project work at MIT. After several promotions. I moved to the United States and joined HewlettPackard. and ensuring their effectiveness through open communication. the world's leading manufacturer of scientific instruments for the chemical industry. Next to my broad professional experience.” have helped me to step out of the engineering mold to view an organization from a business perspective. my extensive career in chemistry. I will use the flexible course structure to explore classes in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. I championed projects that generated a $9 million sales increase in 2003. please comment on your career goals and those factors which influenced you to pursue an MBA education. One of my proudest accomplishments was the formation of a strong and effective interdepartmental team. Located near Boston's famed "technology strip. The cover letter should conform to the standards of business correspondence and be addressed to the Admissions Committee. I will stay abreast of my field by joining the Business Association of Engineering Students (BAES). which will provide continual opportunities to network. Sloan is easily the best fit for a technical manager like me. We are also interested in what you believe you can contribute to the school and your fellow students.

Sincerely. He graciously thanked me and left without completing the application. They prefer to run a credit check first. can make the difference between the success or failure of a product. Through an unexpected example. He brought his elderly grandfather. For someone with dual expertise in technology and business. or a presentation by a leading scientist. marketing. the young man returned a month later and specifically asked to speak to me. a technical paper in an influential journal. and strategic management skills to further grow my product group. Even if we don't immediately close a deal. we have earned the reputation of being a friendly bank with a big heart. Some employees balk. Thank you for your consideration. regardless of their financial status. As a leader. While investigating my options for formal business training. I encourage my employees to spend whatever time is necessary with a prospective customer. On one occasion. As the group leader. I also handled the purchase of his grandson's beach house. Although I have increased my sales forecast each year. NPVD courses like "Management of Technological Innovation. I had arranged a lucrative reverse mortgage for the grandfather. courses like "Planning and Managing Change" will advance my leadership skills and help me reach my goals in the rapidly changing technology field. These are also sectors in which companies are willing to make large capital investments based upon a single promotional demonstration. Sloan's "New Product and Venture Development" track offers exactly the balance of technical and entrepreneurial expertise that I seek at this stage of my career. I showed my staff the folly of this approach. Within a week. Leadership Experience This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Stanford University. Following graduation. By targeting several of these "smaller" markets with non-traditional sales methods (including direct marketing and the Internet).com to arrange a mutually agreeable day and time. along with the potential pitfalls of each. . I am eager to discuss all aspects of my candidacy at a formal interview.instrumentation has given me unique insight to three highly competitive industries. As a Loan Manager at First National Bank. Remembering my explanation of the power of equity. we have much to gain by taking the time to get to know potential customers. What we lose in short-term revenue we more than make up in community goodwill. My in depth knowledge of these unusual industries will enable me to bring an alternative perspective to classroom discussions at Sloan. I am also eager to share my thoughts about unexplored opportunities in the scientific instrumentation business. Please contact me at (212) 5555555 or at applicant@yahoo. there are highly lucrative portions of the market that have yet to be reached by traditional forms of marketing. I had just "wasted my time. and only "invest" the time in establishing a relationship when the client has officially qualified for a mortgage. a degree from MIT Sloan's School of Management will help me pursue my dream to become CEO or owner of my own high-tech company. In my tenure with First Natonal Bank. After the older man's death a year later. In each of these fields." I always tell that story. Opportunities like this will invariably be interesting to other students at the Sloan School of Management. a firm could easily develop a lucrative niche without investing significant capital. my current position as Director of Analytical Sales has helped me realize that I need additional financial. who owned several pieces of prime real estate just outside of town. which was also profitable for the bank." To my employees' surprise. Furthermore. Whenever a new employee questions our policy of "service with a smile." and "Marketing Strategy" will introduce me to innovative design and marketing methodologies pioneered by MIT faculty. the young man asked me to arrange a "reverse mortgage" that would allow his grandfather to use his equity in the properties to cover his living expenses. which alleviated a financial crunch that he didn't know how to resolve. I wouldn't have it any other way. as they feel that they are wasting their time with unqualified buyers. and will help me understand their use in other industries. To a casual observer. I found that MIT's program was the best fit for my background and objectives. it is my responsibility to set an excellent example of how our customers should be treated. I explained several different ways of borrowing money. The older man was delighted by our talk. The most important aspect of leadership is setting an excellent example. I spent nearly two hours explaining various mortgage options to a young man who was thinking of buying a house.

I joined Ralston Purina in a leadership position to manage the construction of a $50 million pet food plant in Ottawa. pregnancy testing. there were serious problems. Premier has made considerable progress and has caught up with the original schedule. Unfortunately. willingly followed instructions and coordinated well with us. we frequently found ourselves under attack by right-wing activists who did not support women's rights. Although the tutorials helped. Columbia University and the University of Michigan. we were the only facility in Beaver County to provide first trimester . We eventually discovered that that real issue was not with the coordination among second-tier subcontractors. Right from the start. birth control counseling and programs to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases. including reduced-price gynecological exams. Premier’s team did not understand commercial construction and refused to take instructions from us.Leadership Experience This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Dartmouth University (Tuck). In this capacity. which created a coordination nightmare. Leadership Experience This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg). Things did not improve until our executive VP expressed severe reservations about continuing our strategic alliance. I performed several schedule analyses and instructed Premier to increase their workforce to maintain the schedule. Premier Construction. The new staff. My initial responsibilities were in office management. In the late 1990's. As a strategic alliance between two of Canada’s largest companies. I am responsible for managing the contractors and guiding their timely completion of the project. although I quickly advanced to an administrative role as program director and clinical coordinator. As a matter of corporate policy. My tenacious efforts to solicit better performance from Premier has helped my company avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the client for late project completion. Although the project is not yet complete. As an initial step to facilitate coordination among multiple contractors. In October of 2004. a large conglomerate with thirty years of experience in home construction in Canada and the United States. To my dismay. I devoted every spare moment to promoting our services in the community. I held weekly training sessions to teach the project teams how to plan and coordinate their work. I found it extremely difficult to maintain the project schedule without implementing drastic measures. I helped each contractor plan and schedule his activities and explained how a delay in his work could impact the completion of the entire project. our services were heralded in the community as an invaluable resource for women of all ages. Unbeknownst to us.000 per day for late project delivery. a substantial portion of the work was subcontracted to Premier Construction. Ralston Purina hires local subcontractors to handle the initial phases of construction and installation. things would soon change. Tough times call for tough measures. AIDS awareness and sexual abuse prevention. Because of Premier’s continually poor performance. I also championed a sexual education curriculum that promoted contraception. I finally decided to involve senior management. we explained our concerns and asked their senior managers to replace several key people on the project. my job was complicated by legal and bureaucratic red tape. but with the main contractor. For many years. For many years. I must occasionally make harsh decisions to meet my team's objectives. Premier subcontracted out the work to multiple agencies. In this case. although inexperienced in commercial construction. they were not enough to keep the project on schedule. As the weeks passed. In June 2003. After completing my BA in Social Work at Vassar College. As the leading project planner. I took strict measures that yielded positive changes. we were required to offer the work to Premier. I accepted a position with Planned Parenthood of Pittsburgh. As the Director of Operations. Canada. Facing fines of $65. even though they were not experienced in commercial construction. The experience taught me that as a responsible leader. At a critical meeting. Almost immediately. we continued to fall behind schedule. Premier finally replaced their troublesome key project personnel. we are back on track. By following our instructions over the last several weeks.

m. on Sunday night. We had just two months to develop the site. A project can be successful only when the team members acknowledge a strong sense of unity and commonality of purpose. in order to illustrate your approach. your Learning Team has a marketing class assignment due at 9:00 a. Imagine that. Protestors began to picket the clinic. I used my visible position in Planned Parenthood to lobby at the state level against parental notification laws for minors who received abortions. design lobbying strategies and serve as liaison with affiliated organizations throughout the state regarding pending policies and bills. are often assigned group projects and class presentations. An MBA will provide the technical skills and professional influence to better confront right-wing legislation and initiatives. After business school. I coordinated grassroots lobbying efforts on pending legislation that would make violent acts committed by the clinic's protestors part of the proposed "hate crime" bill. on Monday morning.m. I am committed to protecting their hard-won gains for future generations. which consists of approximately five first-year students. Several times. time is short. one-year from now. Long before I was born. I also worked as an advocate for the legalization of the RU-486 abortion pill. accost our patients and threaten their lives. What role would you take in such a situation? How would you enable the team to meet your deadline? (Note: The specific nature of the assignment is not as important here as the team dynamic. Part of our team was passionate about using the new technology. the local Republican party and their Christian supporters resented our commitment to performing services that they personally opposed. the Learning Team. I accepted a position as an Administrative Aide in his office in Harrisburg. Despite my fear.) Feel free to draw on previous experience. In 1998. At Wharton. . we received bomb threats and had our windows broken by demonstrators. I hope to continue working for women's advocacy groups such as Planned Parenthood and the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. I managed Senator Harry Jones' re-election campaign. I would try to make the best possible use of our eleven hours. It will also improve my ability to design and advocate original social policies that benefit women's rights. After Senator Jones' election. I was compelled to take a stand. I would first propose a cooling-off period to relieve the team's tension.com. we couldn't decide between two competitive options to enable our secure server. With a fresh start. This requires a fresh mood and mutual cooperation. which made it difficult for our patients to enter and exit. which promotes women's health initiatives on the state level. Unfortunately. we could bring a new perspective to the project and examine solutions we previously missed. I also assumed the presidency of the newly created Pennsylvania Women's Health Advocacy Group. It is now 10:00 p. Although I derive tremendous satisfaction from my work. which provided greater professional responsibility than I had at Planned Parenthood. Success. feminists such as Simone de Beauvoir and Elizabeth Cady Stanton devoted their lives to ensuring that women received the same personal and professional opportunities as men. In my current position. This situation requires a good moderator who can guide the energy of the group in the right direction. They blocked the entrances to our building. I experienced a similar situation when I was on a team that developed a new web site. if applicable. tension builds and your team has reached an impasse. With a tight deadline. and only one week to finalize the technology.pregnancy terminations. briefing him on abortion rights and sexuality issues in health care reform. One was a new technology early in its development cycle. while others were more comfortable relying on a tried-and-true option. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and the University of Chicago. I research legislation. I yearn to make a greater contribution. while the other was a proven entity.

com team. on Sunday night. Our next step would be a brief debate in which each side would take a few moments to calmly present their position. allowing us to return to our project with a newfound camaraderie. tension builds and your team has reached an impasse. I would assume the role of mediator and try to resolve the impasse. I have found myself in similar situations in my work in Student Government and in my job with Chase Manhattan Bank. While forming the two teams. I would take notes and keep the discussion on target. After a careful discussion of both sides. I was amazed at their commitment and confidence. From my experience with the Success. I would use a similar approach in the Learning Team scenario. I wanted to reinforce their feelings of cooperation and melt down the competition and ill will. I proposed a break. we jointly decided that we would investigate future uses for the new technology. I suggested a game of basketball. where I develop and maintain new clients in South Africa. which consists of approximately five first-year students. but we couldn't use it now with our limited time frame. and believe that I can benefit greatly from the experiences and viewpoints of others.) Feel free to draw on previous experience. What role would you take in such a situation? How would you enable the team to meet your deadline? (Note: The specific nature of the assignment is not as important here as the team dynamic. I can remove a communication barrier by speaking his language and relating to him on a personal level. we would hopefully reach a workable compromise. I would propose a cooling-off period. drawbacks and essential support tools. I've grown to respect people from many different cultures. .m. I assigned the most hostile people from opposite camps onto the same team. A great asset is my hobby of studying languages. each team presented its case without objection or criticism from the other side. Whether our business produces gasoline or web sites. I drew upon my interpersonal skills to serve as a peacemaker in team discussions. I frequently work on project teams that include members from Ghana. then encourage each team member to voice his concerns and suggestions. I learned that conflict resolution is an essential managerial skill. I would clarify the points on which we all agreed and focus our future discussions strictly on the area of contention. In both places. Through my international travel. It is now 10:00 p. As moderator. Then.When we started our discussion. I would exercise my authority as moderator to make the final decision. on Monday morning. At Wharton. we must manage teams that work together and produce effective results. a favorite pastime of many team members. rather than anyone's individual ego. but I am open to accepting a new viewpoint if the argument is convincing. With our hearts open to new ideas and opportunities. After a half hour. I am receptive to different opinions. As each group spoke. After the game. your Learning Team has a marketing class assignment due at 9:00 a. both groups were adamant about their choice of technology. are often assigned group projects and class presentations. After a period of acrimonious debate. Imagine that. I would reinforce the spirit of camaraderie and our mutual interest in a successful resolution. the game dissolved all of the anger. I don't change my mind easily. My multicultural background is a particular strength in my job at Chase Manhattan. in order to illustrate your approach. Whatever a team member's background. time is short. My first step would be to solicit each person's input on an individual basis. Throughout all phases. In a stressful group situation. the Learning Team. Both sides enthusiastically discussed benefits. if applicable.m. If not. I would ensure that the survival of the project remained the primary objective. one-year from now. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). We all united behind our project goal and were able to achieve our objective.

My greatest accomplishment was the design and implementation of the language lab at corporate headquarters. I propose a practical solution to meet our deadline. are often assigned group projects and class presentations. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Chicago and Duke University (Fuqua). If I can't attain an agreement or compromise. We would then each take ten minutes to state and explain our positions without interruption.m. During each presentation. It is my job to assume the role of peacemaker during difficult times. . Imagine that. we would easily identify the few points of actual disagreement. I successfully completed all of my objectives for Fiscal 2000 in the Human Resources Department. Several key managers indicated to me that their lack of fluency hindered their ability to do business internationally. I am proud of our ability to recruit. It is now 10:00 p. time is short. we would re-build the team's spirit of cooperation and reduce the effects of bruised egos. our department filled three engineering vacancies. The team would ultimately agree to a workable compromise that satisfies the primary objective. Your boss has given you the opportunity to write your own annual review. tension builds and your team has reached an impasse. Our remaining discussion would focus on those. if applicable. The program's objectives were to provide a basic level of conversational skills in Spanish. yet few are conversant at even a basic level in the native languages of the countries they visit. We would then discuss and resolve the final points. I would arrange for a brief break and resume the session by stating the team's goal for the specific project. By allowing each member to state his/her position. the Learning Team. List your accomplishments and provide a plan to address areas of improvement. Nearly 40% of our management staff travels internationally. train and challenge such a talented and dynamic group of people. Seeing the evidence for each side in writing. as team members discover that their positions aren't nearly as different as they originally suspected. Fortunately. I've successfully used this actual approach many times at General Electric and can attest to its power and simplicity. After the final presentation. Under my direction. and by assuring each member an equal voice. Teams usually reach an impasse because members don't feel their voices are being heard. I would then ask each team member to limit all comments to those that support the final objective. one-year from now. My goal was to provide basic language training in-house in self-paced tutorials. this would not likely be necessary. Portuguese and Italian at 30% of the current cost for an individual Berlitz class. on Monday morning.) Feel free to draw on previous experience. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Columbia University. which consists of approximately five first-year students. With a sensitivity to different cultures and a knowledge of their languages. In my work as a corporate psychologist. basing our decision strictly on what would best achieve the overall project objective. After the impasse. your Learning Team has a marketing class assignment due at 9:00 a. please provide an evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses. In the event of a tie vote. I frequently find myself in the role of mediator. Knowing that your boss wants you to provide an unbiased appraisal. in order to illustrate your approach. I would record all of the data on a flip chart.m. I have never had to cast the deciding vote. I would exercise my power as a tie-breaker to resolve the impasse. What role would you take in such a situation? How would you enable the team to meet your deadline? (Note: The specific nature of the assignment is not as important here as the team dynamic. I would summarize the data into arguments for and against the two choices.Zambia and the Ivory Coast. At Wharton. In my fifteen years on the job. on Sunday night. two management positions and trained a new office staff for the recently expanded product development group. I easily accept the role of mediator. The written summary is usually a strong ice-breaker.

greatly exceeded my initial expectations. I created a system that seamlessly processes trading information. The new system eliminates hours of manual work each day and enables further automation to increase our asset management capacity. I want to be certain that my expenses are cost-effective for the company and the best possible choices available. I successfully collaborated with traders. I also want to sharpen my presentation skills. Through conversations with new analysts. I also plan to provide a model of our program to our Las Vegas facility for possible implementation there. I am certain that our lab will improve our managers' performance and reflect well upon our corporate training practices. but achieved only partial success. well-equipped and soundproof. and used examples from our work to build intuition and understanding of these ideas. While I enjoyed developing the language lab. Our new language lab is attractive. Through the program's implementation. portfolio managers. I was delighted to make a contribution that improved the productivity of these analysts. Knowing that your boss wants you to provide an unbiased appraisal. During 2005. Recognizing the issue's importance and complexity. improve my communication skills and practice different leadership styles. I plan to deepen my knowledge of international finance. With my increasing management responsibilities. I also initiated a new analyst training program in the asset management group. Your boss has given you the opportunity to write your own annual review. to clearly articulate my thoughts to a wider audience. the firm previously attempted to fix the problem. I am particularly intrigued by the differences in accounting standards and the intricacies in the legal infrastructures. In their annual reviews. I value this accomplishment not only because of its visible impact on the group’s profitability. compliance officers and data vendors. The project allowed me to demonstrate my organizational skills and negotiating abilities. I aspire to develop my unique leadership style. the corporate language lab. My proudest accomplishment of 2004 was solving the processing bottleneck in portfolio management. . Along with a team of three software developers. I learned how to communicate abstract concepts into easy-to-digest ideas and came to appreciate the concepts on a much deeper level. The program received overwhelmingly positive feedback and was expanded into a formal oneweek training program. I proposed an informal group Q & A session to help them understand the key concepts. I plan to enroll in a local college course in the evening to brush up on the basics and be better prepared for the next phase of the project. I discovered that I needed better training in accounting and finance to handle the purchasing aspects of the project. Leveraging my technology skills and business knowledge. which strikes a balance between democratic empowerment and decisiveness in facing difficult choices. I was able to purchase all of the necessary equipment at wholesale prices and utilize the wasted space in the old R&D laboratory. List your accomplishments and provide a plan to address areas of improvement. I discovered that they didn't fully understand the underlying issues behind their technical knowledge and how their work fit in with the rest of the firm. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Michigan.Our final product. My goals for Fiscal 2004 include expanding the language lab to include training in German and Japanese and to offer advanced classes in Spanish and Italian. please provide an evaluation of your strengths and weakness. many analysts cited this training program as the most useful and relevant part of their orientation. I prepared a handout on key terminology. I coordinated the team that ultimately eliminated the bottleneck. formulas and concepts. It later attracted analysts from other groups. I enjoyed interacting with employees from other departments to identify and fulfill their training needs. Three managers from marketing recently completed the basic class in Spanish and complimented my group on the efficiency of the program. but also because it demonstrated my ability to lead a cross-functional team to solve challenging problems. functional. I will build upon my knowledge of the financial products and institutions in the US and explore relevant issues in international finance.

After my father's death. we delivered a finished product that satisfied everyone. In addition to handling the design challenges. I plan to enroll in undergraduate classes in these areas at our local community college. Since my practical experience was limited to my summer employment during high school.” significant events that can have major impact on our lives. I also managed a successful project to redesign the web site for Ameritrade. I plan to take yoga classes at our company's fitness center on a weekly basis. I listened to my employees and took their suggestions to heart. I took risks. Through hard work and dedication. I can become demanding. I provided professional guidance and focused their enthusiasm in the right direction. The primary requirement is that you want to do it. made tough decisions and forced myself to solve problems that few nineteen-year-olds ever consider. we discovered that the technology they chose was not uniformly supported. citing my determination to make the company a success. My team consisted of fresh college graduates who were full of enthusiasm but lacked sufficient knowledge of implementation. My endeavors paid off when my team met our deadline and delivered a great finished site. I can make a greater contribution to future projects with a better understanding of finance and marketing. Knowing that your boss wants you to provide an unbiased appraisal. I sought the . On a technical level. I became the president of his fledgling sporting goods business at age nineteen. My strengths are best reflected by my diverse accomplishments in both technical areas and in management. I also managed the personnel. When delivery dates are short and I feel pressured. I left college to try to keep the business on track.Your boss has given you the opportunity to write your own annual review. Durring difficult times. I led the project team that developed an e-commerce site for a British telecommunications firm. I renegotiated my father's credit lines with our vendors. please provide an evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses. I am proud of my contribution to the site's state-of-the-art design and ease of use. which could potentially affect 5% of total users. I applied the underlying principle of the Golden Rule. With the deck stack against me. With a concerted team effort. I discovered that anyone can be a leader. I inherited three small stores. We all experience “defining moments. Briefly describe such an event and how it affected you This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago. I treated people the way I wanted to be treated. adding a new research section as a trading tool. We opted to change the architecture in spite of our limited choices and imminent deadline. After completing fifty percent of the site. Using our client's his initial vision. we developed the specifications and implemented the actual site within a rigorous six-week deadline. I am also committed to addressing my personal weaknesses. Alliance. Lacking formal management training. To accomplish this. about half a million dollars in inventory and thirty-five employees who didn't know how to run the stores in my father's absence. In all interactions. I need to develop better stress management techniques to remain calm in the face of pressure. I also want to develop general business skills to augment my technical background. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). we had no "expert" to guide our maiden voyage. List your accomplishments and provide a plan to address areas of improvement.com.

books and magazines. These were the items I crammed into my two suitcases when I entered the United States in 1996. Through movies. Briefly describe such an event and how it affected you This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). Two sets of clothes. It also helped me to develop and exemplify the personal values I hold dear. having upperclassmen review and critique my writing. In addition to my regular classes at the American International University. When I realized that I could compete at the same level with American students in an English writing class. I reviewed each change the teacher made and solicited feedback from my classmates. cultural and language challenges. I learned how to meet commitments with hard work and determination. I completed a few rounds of re-writing for each assignment. I also wasn't afraid to ask for help when I needed it. I knew that I had a lot to learn. remains my greatest personal achievement. My successful relocation to the US. and will let you feel desperate and deserted. I also used the wonderful tutoring service offered by the English department. We all experience “defining moments. I still needed money to cover my expenses. Although I didn't become a millionaire. I was honest. I borrowed from every friend. There is an old Japanese saying that when God wants to assign you an important task. I earned one of the highest TOEFL scores ever achieved by a Japanese student. we had a short writing assignment for every class and six longer assignments throughout the semester. After hearing my explanation of the company's status. I attribute my success to my use of the same management principles my father used throughout his thirty-year career. I built a business that would have made my father proud. My successful relocation to the United States helped me to develop and exemplify the personal values I hold dear. who offered his assistance whenever I needed it. My grades and confidence increased with every writing assignment. incorporating the tutor’s suggestions to express my thoughts more clearly and succinctly. He will first test you. relative and acquaintance I knew. they placed incredible faith in my ability to succeed. Being a great manager is less about knowing the answer than finding the person who does. I was delighted to learn the subtle and different ways they would express an idea.” significant events that can have major impact on our lives. I knew I could surmount other challenges as well. In my first class. including many who earned less than $100 USD per month. I developed the ability to focus on an objective. analyze my options and develop a plan of action. He will make you hungry and tired. My persistence paid off. Although I had studied English intensively in Japan. By achieving a meaningful goal under difficult circumstances.advice of my college mentor. fair and committed to delivering a great product at a great price. By lending me money. Although my acceptance to Northwestern University included a partial scholarship. I was determined not to let them down. I was willing to work hard and take responsibility for my mistakes. I always knew that the United States was a country of freedom and democracy. Expository Writing. despite numerous financial. he assured me that I was doing all the right things. My entire life. My first graded paper came back covered with red ink and a C grade. I took an evening class in English to perfect my skills. My initial challenges involved language skills and money. With the unwavering help of my staff. I gained confidence and maturity. it was very different from the challenge of competing with American students in a writing class. a dictionary and an envelope with $2500 in cash. After months of intensive study. I dreamed of enjoying these benefits. I knew studying in the United States would remain a dream unless I perfected my English and secured the financial resources for tuition and fees. the company survived and eventually thrived. Money was a more formidable challenge. If you can thrive under .

had used a shotgun to take his own life. While trekking over 100 miles in the Himalayan mountains (elevation > 10. Her joy was worth all of the sweat. and sense of responsibility in all of my professional and personal endeavors. which offered international volunteer opportunities for college students. I finally felt a sense of overwhelming peace. religions and socioeconomic groups. my salvation came through a newspaper article about Books Without Borders. Throughout several subsequent weeks. my nine months with Books Without Borders provided the journey of a lifetime. whose presence had enlightened my world. I continued my volunteer work among a group of like-minded souls.these difficult circumstances. While cutting trails in the rain forest in Brazil.000 feet). We all experience “defining moments. My success will always stay with me.” significant events that can have major impact on our lives. I subsequently completed my degree in humanities at Temple University. Overwhelmed by nature's beauty.000 feet. I can use my skills to make a positive difference in every life I touch. As I approach the MBA admission process. HH gave dozens of disadvantaged families the gift of home ownership. Yet my anger quickly turned to depression. I know in my heart that my relocation to America repeatedly tested my determination and commitment. and I try to imbue my resulting pride. My reward was the amazing view at 13. I wanted to hide from the world. rather than a hand-out. Although I can't save the world. my mind and body were completely numb. In addition to helping others. Although I will never understand why Elliot lost hope for the future. Homes for Humanity attracted my passion because of its commitment to giving a helping hand. I taught English. our tight knit group brought happiness to many families throughout Philadelphia. As president of Temple's chapter of Homes for Humanity. Briefly describe such an event and how it affected you This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and New York University (Stern). That is my legacy to Elliot. I enjoyed one of my first moments of clarity following Elliot's death. Yet. For the first several hours. or how much money I have. I am reminded of the devastating day seven years ago when I learned of Elliot's suicide. where I took every available class in international studies. By harnessing the talents of people from all races. I wanted to become the best at something I loved. helping others will always be a priority. I didn't initially think that my knees would make it. No one could have prepared me for the devastating news. my mind raced with unanswerable questions and inconsolable thoughts. have somehow intervened and helped him? Consumed with anger and confusion. No matter how busy I am. I also learned the power of my own perseverance. my best friend. Rather than wallow in frustration. I desperately needed guidance and direction. I brought the same perseverance to all of my endeavors. I learned that hard work and sweat do wonders for the mind and soul. science and geography to Somali children and Buddhist Monks. including the majestic glory of glaciers. his best friend. My volunteer work gave me the opportunity to put my life into perspective and to determine my own definition of success. Ultimately. With my natural love for children. Did I still want to become an engineer? Could I somehow muster the concentration to study? As my life quietly slipped from my hands. his senseless death motivated me to identify and pursue my own passions. By persevering through my pain. This feeling of satisfaction is what drives me and makes me feel that my life is worthwhile. Inspired by grief. sacrifice and frustration that I endured while trying to complete the project. Friends told me that "life" would continue. Why had Elliot committed suicide? What unimaginable pain did he hide behind his sparkling eyes and easygoing demeanor? And why couldn't I. I was particularly humbled by the response of a single mother and her children. preferably in the international community. Ironically. my subsequent soul-searching shaped the compassionate and persistent man I have become. mountains and trickling waterfalls. yet I simply couldn't imagine it. Once I returned to the United States. as I questioned the value and purpose of every aspect of my life. you are ready to assume the important task. devotion. math. who cried with happiness when we gave her the keys to their new home. In my three years as president. . I decided to channel my energy into helping others. I persisted through the pain and completed the trip.

and am currently helping a junior colleague who recently joined our department. I learned the importance of clearly defining the objective of a project. we reached a difficult task called a “Swinging Bamboo. At the blow of the final whistle. I got frustrated and left them behind. When I re-evaluated my approach. With my help and that of an agile colleague. The event was a tremendous success. I arranged a schedule based on age. the University of Michigan and Northwestern University (Kellogg). I found most of the course to be simple and spent most of my time helping and guiding others to clear hurdles. Situation in Which You Failed This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. I had to coordinate numerous office visits and activities over the two-day period. I didn't want to slow down to invest the time and effort. Our first exercise was an obstacle clearance. Although I was a good captain during the easy phase. other team members fell. Our perils with the swinging bamboo taught me two critical lessons about teamwork: (1) A good leader persists both in good times and bad. I received several positive comments from companies about the attentiveness and interest of our students. To provide the students with a enjoyable experience. The program director asked me to correct the problem and arrange a better system for day two. On the second day. I failed the team by not helping each individual member overcome the obstacle. From his perspective. I was as much to blame as anyone else. I have taken these lessons to heart. grade level and academic performance to ensure that each child had maximum exposure to the activities and career area that I believed (s)he would find most entertaining. and (2) True success can only be achieved when whole team advances. a standard exercise in which the whole team had to individually clear a series of obstacles. Despite an abundance of technical talent. Rather than embrace the opportunity to help. which was to ensure that each student enjoyed his Career Day experience. After several attempts to help people. each person got the opportunity to visit a business that caught his interest. the children asked a lot of questions and even volunteered to help around the offices they visited. I was responsible for coordinating Los Angeles Career Day. Unfortunately. not that of any individual. To their embarrassment. Having a tall and lean figure. I lost initiative in the middle. In my initial efforts. I asked the students and advisors to create a "top three" list of businesses they wanted to visit. we were divided into two groups that competed in various courses. our team was still stuck at the bamboo. on the first day of the event. our eleven-team members possessed a wide range of athleticism. With limited time and resources. yet our instructor explained that the failure was the team's. which requires training and helping newer members. As the team leader at Educational Outreach. I was convinced that we lost because our non-enterprising team members. people became argumentative and irrational. I abandoned my initial plan to create a custom schedule of what I thought their interests should be. During a three-day team building exercise at Citi-Bank. During the analysis session. I spent too much time trying to develop a system and not enough time developing a solution that would satisfy the students and advisors. Three quarters through the course. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). the bamboo was intimidating. with an analysis session following each. my system was so complex that the children and advisors became confused. when things got tough. After following my learning schedule .Situation in Which You Failed This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. Through this experience. which added to the fear level. we were leading by fifteen minutes. a two-day event in which 50 students and 10 advisors visited businesses and government agencies throughout the LA metropolitan area.” in which each team member had to clear the bamboo with nothing to hold onto. Even for those of us who cleared it easily. I remained focused on my true objective. Although I could not give every attendee his first choice. several people on our team got stuck. While trying to help. They didn't know where they were supposed to go and questioned why certain places had been pre-selected for them. we got off to an excellent start. Before long. What seemed like an innovative approach was just a complicated and misguided way of trying to deliver an enjoyable experience. At the midway point.

This is hard for those of us who struggle with perfectionism. the technical creator for Sensualle arrived with incompatible expectations. At the time. retail buyers and local celebrities. I was devastated. When we started working on the project. Thinking that I could handle the challenge myself. my "failure" was only on a personal level. The inability to admit failure and "own" our mistakes robs us of the chance to learn. Situation in Which You Failed This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). including positive feedback from my managers and peers. yet I did not find the courage to prevent it. I lacked the courage to say “I need help. there will always be a degree of dissatisfaction somewhere in the organization. I had anticipated the mistake beforehand. Looking back. Management seemed unconcerned with my questions and proposed that I decide what was best for my market. I worked exceptionally hard on that campaign and earned their acknowledgement. its success. In my case. I expected success on all levels. I also learned a second valuable lesson from the experience. Despite . Despite my best efforts. I should have insisted on PR involvement from the head-office. My press release for the event was outstanding and the launch attracted positive response from the media. particularly when my superiors refused to support me. Although I was excited about the opportunity.for six months. I was plagued by doubts. I bought a book and gave myself a crash course in PR management. The project launch was the biggest of my career. despite my lack of public relations (PR) experience. Sadly. Sales of Sensualle in New Zealand increased exponentially for the entire year following the event. I still remember the launch with mixed emotions. a moisturizer intended to replace the Helena Rubenstein line in New Zealand. who failed to establish a clear vision of the launch’s purpose and structure. I accepted the responsibility to launch Sensualle. he has assumed more responsibility and become an important part of our team. I am delighted to share in his success. I should have followed my instinct and asked for help when I needed it. Develop Foreign Markets This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Columbia University. In 2003. even if the realisation still slightly unsettles me. I sadly realised that I can not please everyone. Ultimately.” Now I have the courage to admit I am not a super woman. He was very critical of me and created a personal attack. I sought guidance from my superiors.

My goal is to provide comprehensive services to my clients. considering I had large debts and no safe returns. rather than by entrepreneurs. One of my multi-national clients determined that only 2 percent of hepatitis patients in China are potential users of their drug. I will be better prepared to manage international work teams. I "went public" with my firm during the stock market debacle of 1999. I was able to achieve my dreams. With its large population. including older students with a wealth of practical experience. I need a deeper understanding of the overall sales and marketing issues for the pharmaceutical industry and how different forces cause changes in the marketplace. we must coordinate teams that are led by different project managers throughout the world. In addition to supporting my long-term career in China. Develop Foreign Markets This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Stanford University and Duke University (Fuqua). At the time. Such interdisciplinary interaction will strengthen what I learn and allow me to view problems with a fresh perspective. With a business degree from Harvard. protection of intellectual property and the unavailability of basic medical care. where the pharmaceutical industry is currently its nascent stage. To continually add value to my services. My clients are usually the global marketing function in a multi-national company. My intermediate professional goals are to strengthen my general management skills. My current career will also benefit from formal training in sales and marketing. to deepen my understanding of sales and marketing and to develop effective global business strategies. Columbia is an excellent match for my goals and interests. these goals will also enhance my current professional performance. With admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO). yet I was confident of my idea. I am eager to develop my skills in such a talented group. I share knowledge throughout my organization. As a practice area manager in a global company. To provide optimal service. I started an home-based company to conduct risk analysis of financemarkets using artificial intelligence. I persuaded Joe Monsueto. I have worked with several Columbia graduates who display a strong devotion to their alma mater. In addition. With two colleagues from Stanford. These educational experiences. With the multicultural experience from Columbia's MBA program. which are not readily available in my workplace. with formal knowledge of international business practices. several teams often serve the same client. At an informal social gathering. While completing my BA at Stanford. to join the board of my company. founder of Morningstar Inc. including price control. China will establish new laws to dramatically improve the market conditions for pharmaceuticals. which ultimately became the key to my success. As the economy improves. most competitive firms were run by large corporations. Over the years I have ventured into unchartered territories.. to eliminate their need to seek sales and marketing support elsewhere. I am particularly interested in Columbia because of its strong reputation for cultural diversity. will enable me to take my career to the next level. As my company expands in size and scope. With the skills I acquired from Stanford's undergraduate finance classes. because the rest lack access to a health care program. I plan to play a key role in developing marketing strategies that introduce western medicine throughout China. I like to build my own road. more people will be able to afford better medical treatment. Yet these firms also face tremendous barriers to enter the Chinese market. I won the 1998 New Venture Challenge. I already work with clients outside the US. Coupled with initiative. which helps other managers sell our forecasting capability to clients. With its exceptional program in strategy and global business. In the past few years. I am particularly attracted to the small class size and the team approach. This was risky. As a manager in forecasting. After two years of . which fosters communication among students and faculty. In the next 5 to 10 years. China offers tremendous investment opportunities for pharmaceutical manufacturers in western countries. which funded my startup costs. its proximity to the financial community in New York and its courses in Health Management will enrich my knowledge in related industries. our clients posed questions that are increasingly complex. As a Tufts alumni. risk-taking and perseverance. China will implement a higher standard of intellectual property protection and better access to consumer markets. there are no limits to my entrepreneurial potential.My long-term professional goal is to promote the sale and marketing of medical products in China. I am eager to learn from students with different educational and cultural backgrounds.

Overall. Los Angeles. While working at the Institute of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Madrid. and a curriculum that augments classroom instruction with real-world applications. where traditional advertising methods are restricted? How do I minimize the graft and corruption (and illegal "tariffs") at ports outside the US? And how to I stay "ahead of the curve" in the fickle world of women's fashion.hard work and additional debt. Using my US contacts. In a particularly challenging assignment. all of Bonicita's sales came through our corporate website. Graduate school will hone my financial skills through a combination of academic courses (Financial Analysis for Managers). I will develop a global vision of multifaceted financial managing planning. to help Bonicita achieve its maximum potential. which improved their productivity and morale. distributes and sells a full line of handmade Indian products throughout the world. In 2004. ethnically-diverse students. the transportation facilities were bad and the shipping costs were prohibitive. each new country brings a unique set of challenges regarding transportation. During the last five years. In early 2001. import laws and administrative red tape.000. I bring several complex questions to HBS. With my contacts at numerous manufacturing firms in Bangalore. I allowed them to work at home. Since graduating from college. Thus far. Wharton's finance program has a faculty committed to excellence in both teaching and research. I am in charge of the entire risk management cycle. I opened my second company. In addition to increasing our supply requirements. The small class size enhances communication between students and professors. In 2002. “Bonicita. I am particularly interested in the Financial Management course. In addition. control and prioritization of financial. maximizing opportunities to learn. we anticipate opening seven additional branches in Madrid. As the Risk Manager at Zodiac Pension Fund. In addition to my own entrepreneurial expertise. Although handmade Indian clothing and decorative goods enjoy great demand. I invested a considerable amount of my own money to simultaneously open factories in ten locations. using mathematics." With an investment of this magnitude. My motivation for attending HBS is to acquire the expertise to handle the increasingly complex needs of my thriving international clothing business. After a favorable review on the Style Network. My challenge was simply to transport and market the goods. employment.000) to pursue my vision of opening a firm in India. we were besieged with orders from Great Britain. Although it seemed like an easy task. When I began. I taught two undergraduate classes in Economics and Statistics at the School of Business. I taught economics and finance classes to prison inmates. I opened my first shop in New York City in early 2003. In addition to attracting highly motivated. including the identification. report and govern risks. I had access to high quality goods at rock-bottom prices. practical experience (Securities and Investment Analysis). Buenos Aires and Rio. Paris. operational and business risk. I prefer to be my own best advisor. I am accountable for sustaining and continuously improving the system. I learned how to communicate theoretical and applied knowledge to my students. we finally made some serious money. statistics and financial theory to manage risk and contingent events. where an item that is hot on Monday has cooled considerably by the weekend? With the collective expertise of Harvard's faculty and students. the MSF program offers the perfect . no single company offered a diversified product line. I instituted an attractive reward scheme for employees who consistently met their targets for both quality and quantity. by using risk management scorecards and metrics to monitor. Dallas. I also enthusiastically embraced opportunities to share my knowledge with others. How do I effectively grow a business in communist countries. model forecasting and testing. To accommodate my employees' needs for flexibility. the goods were produced at many scattered locations by part-time workers who could not meet my minimum supply requirement. From studying the corporate strategy of an actual firm and the structure of its industry. Develop Foreign Markets This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Singapore. I anticipate two years of productive and lively discussions on these (and hundreds of other) business topics. After a six-month break in late 2001.” a vertically-integrated firm that manufactures. To overcome these problems. I sold my company to Prudential Securities (for $22. I faced enormous logistical problems. and how to motivate them in their studies. I have relied on the services (and advice) of highly-compensated global business "experts. On a corporate level. which inspired our second store in downtown London. I acquired significant expertise in financial research. I have enjoyed a successful career as an actuary. I also assure the effectiveness of the system that protects the company.

including mergers and acquisitions. I will help clients understand the financial 'big picture' of their organization. The rigorous curriculum (incomparable in depth. CFA certification will reflect my commitment to the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity. I've spent my entire academic life studying. with its high concentration of educational institutions. this support and promotion from an outstanding university is particularly desirable. As a multilingual professional with international work experience. I am eager to learn from other's experiences and to set a positive example of "grace under pressure. preparing and practicing in order to succeed. Throughout this turmoil. and coordinate their business strategies with their risk tolerance at all levels of the organization. As a highly motivated international student. Moreover. I will be particularly well suited to work in a consulting firm with branches in Latin America. I developed the determination to overcome a seemingly endless stream of obstacles to achieve my goals and professional success. Mistakes are the portals of discovery. While studying with students and faculty from different countries and industries. I've always had a low tolerance for failure. I developed and maintained a strong sense of personal integrity. Ultimately. So it's difficult for me to admit that I've learned my greatest lessons from making mistakes. I will contribute to the strategic planning and implementation of business ventures. I am intrigued by the opportunity to live in the Northeast. We made it to the state finals and advanced to the final round. memorizing. giving relevant reasons and/or examples from your personal experience to support your answer. Following the completion of my master's degree. I am also impressed by the school's considerable career services.” As a finance major. I plan to complete the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) curriculum and pass the qualifying exam. investment companies and finance opportunities. my challenge will be to facilitate successful partnerships that will produce positive changes to my client’s bottom line. In my senior year of high school. Throughout my life. This new facility provides superior academic support for two intensive years of interaction and learning. recent physical renovations and investment in computer technology reflect the school’s commitment to excellence. well within striking . my short-term goal is to pursue a career in international finance. I will assimilate novel viewpoints and problem-solving techniques. The business school classrooms offer advanced computer and audiovisual equipment. My long-term career goal is to provide executive-level leadership as a Chief Financial Officer to an organization that competes in global markets. study groups and gatherings. I was the captain of my school's civics team. The rapidly-growing Latin American markets have created a strong demand for professionals who combine the detailed technical knowledge in financial planning and risk management with an appreciation of Latin American languages and culture. I am particularly interested in the evaluation and mitigation of effects of business globalization. I will bring a unique perspective to the program. I will help plan. variety and difficulty) will challenge my academic skills and invigorate my love of learning. Please comment on one of the following quotations. Wharton demonstrates its commitment to its business graduates long after they graduate. Arthur Andersen or JP Morgan. In addition to providing international recognition. After surviving the recent economic problems in Argentina. As a senior consultant. such as Merrill Lynch. develop their financial direction and policies.balance between theory and practice. spin-offs and ownership transition. the increasing speed of technological advancements (like e-commerce) and the changes in regulatory environment that affects emerging companies. recruitment power within the industry and support of its international alumni network. Through its vast career advisory network. In a global economy. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and the University of Michigan. I am particularly interested in leading a financial management and advisory firm. along with abundant space for meetings. control and monitor joint venture opportunities by designing and implementing financial policies and strategies to manage our customers' risk. James Joyce As a 4.0 student. My biggest mistakes are impossible to forget. no subject or exam was ever too big or too complicated for me to master.

They believe that they know the best way to approach every situation and don't feel the need to improve or change. That mistake had two long-lasting effects: we lost the match. If we don't learn from our mistakes. freezing prices and confiscating the savings of most Brazilians. On a personal level. My lesson from the civics competition was not to choke under pressure. the Finance Ministers of Brazil have struggled to control inflation. Some are small mistakes with relatively minor lessons." I told myself. As I grew older. I worked at the Futures and Options Exchange each morning and attended classes in the afternoon. Brazil implemented a gradual. It worked. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Northwestern University (Kellogg). our initial suffering opens our mind to new views and motivates us to find creative solutions to our problems. James Joyce My parents taught me that I should accept responsibility for my mistakes and try to learn as much as possible from them. I was so hurried that I didn't enjoy anything. But the name Lawton Chiles simply got lost in the bowels of my memory and I couldn't retrieve it. Subsequent mistakes have taught me to be honest with friends. Brazil. Easy. including changing the currency. we will repeat them until the lesson is finally learned. considering I was born there. The plan was occasionally adjusted to accommodate a change or crisis in the marketplace. Yet once we acknowledge our mistakes. My personal life also suffered. Beginning in my second year. the universe offers each of us repetitive opportunities to master life's lessons and advance to a higher level of consciousness. This rigidity can kill our creativity. we're well-prepared. my native country. while others offered the chance for serious introspection and growth. We nervously awaited our final match against Barrington High. For the past five years. The hectic schedule left little time to study. . but after each plan failed. yet also taught me extremely valuable lessons. According to New Age philosophers. consistent plan that did not surprise the citizens or dramatically change our lives. I embrace opportunities for growth and development. I needed to better balance my personal and professional interests to be at my best. Without the experiences of the previous unsuccessful plans. provides an excellent example of how a solution can emerge from a mistake. Please comment on one of the following quotations. my weaknesses and how to transform them into strengths. "We've got just as good a chance as they do. which affected my academic performance. I've made several mistakes since then and have identified an opportunity to learn from each one of them. My question in the final round was to name the Governor of Florida. I learned to relax. When I was very young. who was clearly favored to win. As a sensitive man. Brazil may not have attained its current fiscal stability. Humans usually find it hard to accept that we are ever wrong. Since the mid-eighties. I've learned to accept mistakes and their eventual resolution as a necessary part of life's journey. because I was overloaded with work and couldn't spend much time with my family and friends. we were certain it was not the right approach. but it achieved its primary goal. giving relevant reasons and/or examples from your personal experience to support your answer. People who never make mistakes tend to be inflexible in their thinking. as we often need an external factor to motivate change. We're smart. Pressed by the buzzer. In 1994. almost. generous with strangers and careful with my heart. I didn't understand how a mistake could bring a positive outcome. They tried several surprising methods. "Nonsense. but I'm convinced I couldn't have learned them any other way. I learned valuable lessons in time management from making mistakes. my mistakes had a negative initial impact.distance of the state championship. I stammered an incorrect answer that my conscious memory has mercifully suppressed. Mistakes are the portals of discovery. we're ready. I quickly learned that time was precious and that I needed to enjoy every moment. I learned a lot about myself. trust my instincts and go with my gut." Well. Sadly. and I've never again forgotten the name Lawton Chiles. None of these plans worked. I was a typical college student who worked part-time while I attended school. Nearly every lesson was hard-won and painful. Brazil has enjoyed stable prices and reasonable inflation.

Ted's life included a series of misfortunes that crushed his spirit. his parents divorced and his mother went on welfare. but those of innocent bystanders. Although I was saddened by societal problems. James Joyce My father often told me never to judge someone unless I walked in his shoes. In that respect. Mistakes are the portals of discovery. Yet I will always feel bonded to him and hope that he will discover his way back to a life filled with respect and opportunity. Without it. as I immediately recognized it. my life had been relatively privileged. we are truly alive. Ted's parents separated and he moved with his mother to Connecticut. Mistakes allow us to explore aspects of our personalities that we would never otherwise examine. There would be no more chances for freedom after the armed robbery conviction. Fortunately. I didn't understand how someone's life could suddenly spin out of control. We were all witnesses during his subsequent trial. albeit a tragic one. who would it be and why? What do you admire most about this character. my life might be as violent and out of control as Ted's. How in the world did he wind up here? Since I last saw him. Ted dropped out of prep school to take a job to support the family. our paths couldn't be more different. I viewed him as some sort of surrealistic aberration. His dreams of college were dashed. Up until a year ago. we can irrevocably alter not only our own lives. Ted's run-ins with the police had become more frequent and serious. who apprehended the culprit shortly after our attack. As he shouted obscenities at us. My attacker wasn't much older then me. Third. and how does it relate to you personally and/or professionally? . Although Ted had changed dramatically in appearance. giving relevant reasons and/or examples from your personal experience to support your answer. Please comment on one of the following quotations. we were two similar boys on the volleyball court. can completely change his life. In September of 2004. Second. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and Dartmouth University (Tuck). a comfortable standard of living and an excellent education. Yet I sensed his remorse was selfserving: not because he hurt us. but they were an incredible revelation to me. This sobering thought is Ted's legacy to me. Until recently. with wonderful futures ahead of us. I was mugged by a gun-toting menace. I don't know if he recognized me that day in court or whether he has remorse for his criminal actions. Today.In addition to suffering and frustration. even just a split second error in judgment. several of the victims gave clear descriptions to the authorities. Ted's dire situation forced me to acknowledge my own blessings as a random gift from God. a mistake is a gift that allows us to grow. I was stunned when I heard his name called out by the bailiff. How different he seemed from the sandy haired volleyball player I knew from campus! The last I knew. I had loving parents. Without the emotional and financial safety net provided by my parents. When we accept that gift. never quite earning enough to make ends meet. Over the past year. mistakes can also bring us opportunities to view life in a different way. make the most of my opportunities and never take anything for granted. he was the same young man who attended my prep school just four years earlier. Five years ago. because society depends on me to demonstrate strong personal integrity. Ted apologized to the court for his mistakes and seemed very emotional. I'm not certain what lessons Ted learned from his mistakes. I learned to take responsibility for my actions. yet he seemed strangely comfortable threatening complete strangers with a weapon. an unlikely situation forced me to change my perspective. and he often took his drunken frustration out on his girlfriend. I learned that a person's mistake. When I walked into the courtroom. If you were a character in a book. evolve and learn. While riding the subway in New York City. I didn't understand the power of that advice. but because he was losing his freedom. I couldn't imagine relating to my attacker on any sort of level. I learned many valuable lessons from the mugging: to appreciate my blessings.

. As an Assistant District Attorney. After discovering the cover-up. has spent the past six years trying to attain justice for a slain girl. I also had a humble beginning. I can't explain the logic of the nonsensical ransom note or the elaborate staging of the child's corpse. citizens and suspects who do not support his investigation and wish he would stop pursuing it. $333 million. Erin discovered a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community. and a 12-year veteran of Colorado law enforcement. I also chaired a panel discussion with five senior executives to discuss the secrets of their success. Like Erin. arriving in the United States ten years ago with a single suitcase. no one focuses on Steve Thomas and his futile struggle to apprehend a heinous killer. . She stumbled onto some questionable medical records in a real estate file and launched an investigation. By demonstrating her genuine interest in their well-being. I established a Mentor Program in the California chapter of National Association of Latin American Professionals to help college students make informed career decisions.This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: UCLA (Anderson). Not likely. heroic or worthy of my respect. Steve Thomas has been immersed in Jon-Benet's pain for six years. Ironically. only to have the Colorado Grand Jury fail to indict a suspect. I can't imagine why anyone would sexually molest and murder a beautiful six-year-old girl in her own home. I also have a big dream. Despite her limited resources and lack of formal legal training. Although it is not in my job description. Erin was not intimidated. both personally and professionally. But he's never been a public figure until his most recent. I think Erin Brockovich would be proud of my efforts. He pursued every possible lead. I thank God every night we have people like him working in law enforcement to protect us. Despite the challenges involved. she reinvented herself. I share his obsession with the case.. In my first ten months. I have tremendous respect for members of the judicial system.. to seek opportunities and overcome challenges to improve myself and the community around me. who has been the subject of several true crime books. she was determined to help the unfortunate people who were living on contaminated land obtain justice against the corporation that was responsible. Although my achievements are on a smaller scale than Erin's. If you were a character in a book. As a prosecutor. I would want to be Erin Brockovich. which caused devastating illnesses among its residents. and how does it relate to you personally and/or professionally? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Northwestern University (Kellogg). Despite the media saturation with the Jon-Benet Ramsey murder mystery. My favorite public figure. I organized a job search and career development seminar for over 500 attendees. Erin earned the trust of the local citizens. Ironically. highly-publicized case. I am committed to the work and take great pride in helping others achieve their dreams. Through her passion and tenacity. She found creative ways to gather evidence and manage a case that could have driven her small law firm into bankruptcy. I will never understand her family's reluctance to co-operate with the investigation and bring the killer to justice. He interacts daily with officers.S. who would it be and why? What do you admire most about this character. Because of his job. He's a handsome professional. I feel a responsibility to provide closure for crime victims and their families. history. with no money or formal education. UC Berkeley (Haas) and Stanford University If I could be a character in a book. she organized over 600 plaintiffs and won the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit in U. Despite incredible frustration. I can't imagine a man more honorable. it may be his only murder investigation that remains unsolved. by helping others. I admire Erin because of her passion for doing the right thing and her tenacity in completing her mission. Divorced with two small children. My greatest failures. a devoted husband and father. I am nauseated by this child's death and the pain she suffered. He is committed to solving the Ramsey case and convicting the killer. I can't imagine another career with a higher calling or with a greater challenge. Erin worked as an assistant in a small law firm. they embody the same dedication and spirit. Lieutenant Steve Thomas of the Boulder Colorado Police Department is in many ways a cherished American hero. Steve Thomas perseveres in his job. are the violent crimes that I have been unable to prosecute.

Kane always adheres to his principles. teenagers and young adults about the effects of teenage sexual activity upon their health and longevity. The most pressing issues in Zambia include drug abuse. I graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1989. and how does it relate to you personally and/or professionally? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Virginia. He is an ideal son who honors his father's wishes. Fortunately. yet the preventive aspects have been neglected in favor of curative medicine. I undertook numerous night missions with American soldiers during military exercises. I have overcome tremendous obstacles to become an advocate for health care in my native Zambia. I have identified an acute need for research. I can relate to his personality and integrity. I worked in this capacity until 2003. Although my achievements are not yet as impressive as William Kane's. My goal is to develop a comprehensive preventive reproductive health plan that educates children. education and public support for numerous reproductive health issues. Never reckless. In stressful situations. I am also a determined man who is committed to success. I registered as a medical officer and worked in a busy maternity unit for two years. who would it be and why? What do you admire most about this character. He knows what he wants and is sure he will get it. Accordingly. He defies evil. After completing an internship at a provincial hospital. After five years of mental and physical torture. I was recruited into the Zambian Army and deployed as the medical officer in charge of a battalion of soldiers. Kane and Able. During professional challenges. most children had no formal education. few completed both primary and secondary school. he has determination and incredible self-confidence. Lacking basic learning facilities and financial support. I was blessed with the tenacity to succeed. Kane's decisions are based on careful planning and deliberation. My stint in the Army was the most exciting period in my life. His example encourages me to stay focused on my goal and not give up during stressful times. Like him. I believe that William Kane would support my plan to learn as much as possible to become a great executive. contraceptive use. In any situation. To me. sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV-AIDS) and the outcome (and effects) of early pregnancies. I also have a fulfilling and rewarding personal life in addition to my career. Kane is also a loyal friend to Matthew. yet I would most like to change places with William Kane of Jeffrey Archer's novel. . Even when his opponents are using desperate methods to harm him. I joined the regional military hospital as a gynecologist. I have been inspired by hundreds of heroic and adventurous characters in modern literature. remaining devoted to him during his terminal illness. I have been inspired by William Kane's persistence. Georgetown University and Duke University. In 1994. Kane is also an inspiration as a personal role model. I arrived at the “GREAT COURT” of the University of Zambia in 1988 to start an undergraduate course in medicine. Throughout my lifetime. After seven years as a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Reproductive health consumes a huge portion of Zambia's health budget. After years of struggle.If you were a character in a book. After graduating in 1998. I plan to specialize in specialize in public health and international policy development. As the first Zambian doctor to be trained as a paratrooper. ethical and personal traits of a true hero. I joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Zambia for a master’s degree in obstetrics and gynecology. After a three-year stint in the military medical service. when I started a private consulting office for reproductive health matters in Zambia. In the remote village where I was raised. he considers how his parents would view his options and chooses accordingly. remaining a man of integrity in all business deals. Throughout the years. Kane's combination of strong personal integrity and acute business acumen enable him to solve serious problems in an honorable manner. Kane epitomizes the moral. Discuss an Obstacle You Have Overcome This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard University.

As a teenager in the Philippines. I continue to work as an advocate for children. my father dropped out of high school and enlisted in the US military during World War II. Likewise. With a business degree from the United States. educational level or social status. To accommodate my husband's military career. Eventually. The abuse became a secret that I even hid from myself. they came to the United States when I was four years old to give their children the chance for a better future. I refused to remain his victim. I attended group meetings in which the women explained how the abuse began. regardless of their age. I was terrified. they were easy to conceal from my loved ones. When my father refused to allow me to go away for college. I will assume a role at the government level to formulate appropriate public health policies and to deliver reproductive health services. I was the first family member to challenge his wishes. I had no job. I will serve as a conduit between the district administrators and the members of the medical fraternity to develop the workshops. my abusive marriage was my first experience with failure. who will enjoy better health and increased longevity via informed reproductive choices. no friends and few prospects for the future. dated for a year and got married. I wasn't abused. Ideally. As part of my training. The non-governmental organizations that currently provide community-based healthcare in Zambia lack professional support. I realized that my husband's behavior was not healthy or even remotely acceptable. train the facilitators and re-train current medical personnel. ours started out lovingly. Within a year. nurses and public health technicians. Research efforts will investigate better ways to educate our youth about their sexuality and to prevent disease and unwanted pregnancies. Not surprisingly. I realized that I was completely on my own. with my parent's support. Sadly. my mother left school in Mexico with a sixth grade education to help support her family. how it escalated. I help the Juvenile Courts find appropriate placements for displaced children. Discuss an Obstacle You Have Overcome This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia. We met after college. Although I desperately wanted our union to succeed. I realized that the situation was not my fault. As a volunteer. I simply couldn't endure another day in my abusive marriage. I regained my confidence and began to plan for the future. While listening to their stories. I will share my success with future generations of Zambians. As I embarked on the long journey to my parent's home in New Mexico. In my job as a case assessor for Save the Families. Working with them on a grassroots level.To achieve a long-term community impact. I convinced myself that since he didn't hit me. we moved from New Mexico to Georgia and Virginia. For a split second. As I crossed the Georgia state line with just two hundred dollars in my pocket. I was frightened by how similar they were to my own. I have always been a strong woman. I attributed his constant threats and verbal attacks to the demands of the military. In a moment of revelation. I will have the tools to make a lasting contribution to the health of my nation. . I was in an abusive relationship. Risking the security of their life in Mexico. Some stayed because of their children. Like many women. who were denied the chance to pursue their own dreams. I am honored to give back to an organization that helps other women survive such a tumultuous time. I will coordinate the university departments that train healthcare providers to emphasize the importance of preventive reproductive care. I also started the application process for my MBA. my husband refused to enter couples therapy and denied that he was abusive. In addition to helping my mother care for my elderly father. I stood up to him. I did not understand the ramifications of emotional abuse until I had survived it. Like many abusive relationships. In my naivety. Thanks to my family's support. I will develop and conduct workshops that convey technical knowledge and new developments about reproductive health issues. he became possessive and critical of me. My volunteer work at a woman's shelter forced me to face the truth about my marriage. my husband felt pressured by being the only breadwinner in the family. and why they did not leave. To achieve lasting success. which prevented me from finding stable employment. My education was a source of great pride to my parents. I was desperate to reach the one place where I felt safe. Because his verbal attacks left no visible signs. Zambia must make immediate improvements in the curricula for doctors. others because they were uneducated and had low self-esteem. I've discovered that abuse plagues all types of families.

along with my close relationship with my family. to accommodate the hundreds of tasks that my insane schedule required. these words became an incentive to approach my life one day at a time. I was on top of the world. through his own interest in foreign countries and cultures. Back in Russia. losing or wasting my scholarship was not an option. Since that day. My first decision was to complete my education. I am proud of my decision to leave my abusive marriage and re-claim my future. While still in college. left me too shaken to speak. providing emotional and financial support to my relatives in Russia. who was so dear to us. Nine years later. my father had greatly encouraged me. The loss of my father. to discover and experience the many new things that the United States had to offer. degree in Business Management. Sadly. after raising our family in the bleak days of the communist regime. I acknowledge my father's death as a turning point in my life. and for the hope of a better future. I have applied myself intellectually and produced results that were commensurate with my strength of character and passion for learning. At 18. I found an internal source of strength that I never knew I had.S. I had just moved to the United States after receiving a full-tuition scholarship. As a freshman at Emerson College. was simply beyond comprehension. by overcoming a profound personal disappointment. completing them systematically. I have developed the skills to handle whatever obstacles the future may bring. I completed my B. I also accepted an adult role in my family. dedicate yourself completely to what you can accomplish today. At the end of my first semester. Discuss an Obstacle You Have Overcome This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia. I excitedly called my parents to tell them how well I had done on my final exams.Looking back. I discovered a resiliency and strength of character that I did not know I possessed. I focused only on the most critical daily tasks in school and work. In a time of crisis. educational and professional opportunity that came my way. In fact. where I have quickly advanced to a management role. As the eldest child in a large Chinese family.” In the aftermath of my father’s sudden death. by the brilliant Japanese businessman and professor Kyutaro Hashimoto. I also landed a challenging position as an auditor for Microsoft. They depended on me a great deal over the years. everything in my life had permanently changed.A. As my mother's voice quivered in grief. which provided me a chance to go to college in America.it’s . After earning a chance to study in the U. I wondered for a moment if I could go on. In all endeavors. I took to heart my mum's advice: “You must stick together like a bunch of chopsticks during hard times . in addition to working a part-time job. By prioritizing carefully. I would gather my family members in one location and spend the day with them. If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere. He had an enormous appreciation for such an opportunity. I was determined to make the most of every personal. earlier that year. Losing my father to congestive heart failure forced me to take responsibility for all aspects of my life. particularly in a thriving democracy. but to the best of my abilities. what would you do? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and the University of Virginia. have shaped the person I am today. I became an expert at managing my time. that my father had not survived his heart transplant surgery. in any way you choose. In a split second. I was captivated by one of Isaac Newton’s famous quotations: “if you want the strength to take new initiatives and be a person with character and courage. By overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles. I have confronted emotions and issues that few of my peers have ever faced. These difficult moments. While reading the book Win Yourself. My mother's shocking news. By surviving a difficult time with grace and dignity. I never wavered in my passion to obtain my MBA. we haven't all been on the same continent at the same time for over fifteen years. Despite the stress of re-building my life. I became a survivor. both for the example I set. where the freedom to explore the limits of my potential was simply too precious to waste.

No matter what I do. I had the confidence to start my own business and pursue my dreams.harder to break a bunch of them than to break an individual stick. At first. or what I become. leisurely brunch and visit our childhood home. I would visit a seaside patisserie (bakery) that offers delicious Profiterols. I would take my seat on . I would visit a simple tea garden to enjoy Simits (sesame covered ring-shaped bread). With no incentive to learn. Jarvis came from a single-parent home that did not encourage education. I worried that the negative influences in his life would later undo my efforts. would inevitably bring back old stories that my grandparents had shared with me. I am honored to have made a positive difference in his life. The discouraging signs were impossible to ignore. My fears were eased the day that Jarvis’s mother paid me an unexpected visit at his school. the largest underground aqueduct in the world. I met Jarvis through my work as a tutor with the Chicago Outreach Program. my family will always be there for me. the strait that separates Turkey's Asian and European half. a city renowned for its historic museums. On our day together. Like many kids in his class. I have tutored Jarvis at his school every Saturday morning from nine until noon. Turkey. Although it is now a tourist district. Whenever I am having a bad day. what would you do? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Duke University (Fuqua) and the University of Michigan. extravagant harem and many displays. I quickly realized that his troubles had everything to do with circumstance and nothing to do with ability. we would have a large. in any way you choose. I would absorb the breathtaking scenery of the Bosphorus. I listen to his hopes for the future. the smartest young man I know. which is designed to give disadvantaged children a head start in school. ingenuity and unwavering determination. I knew better. where I go. By observing their resourcefulness. We are the ultimate team. stories and videotapes. what would you do? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Dartmouth University (Tuck). I would then make my way to the Yerebatan (sunken) Cistern. loyalty and love. I learned to apply the same principles to my own pursuits. we would catch up on each other's lives and re-hash cherished childhood memories. Through photographs. which was the home of Ottoman Sultans over 400 years ago. I would spend the day with Jarvis. thoughts of Jarvis make me smile. in any way you choose. What an amazing contrast to our first few sessions! Jarvis is now reading with confidence and is excited about learning. For breakfast. I welcomed her reassurance that the time I was investing in her son was making a difference. the narrow streets." Our strong family unity taught me the meaning of devotion. As I ate. Later. We would enjoy the comfort and trust that only comes with unconditional love. According to his teacher. rose jam and tea. I would spend a leisurely day exploring Istanbul. minimal resources and facilities in disrepair. Jarvis thought that college was a pipe dream that was beyond his reach. Columbia University and Stanford University. In addition to helping him read and write. As I helped him learn how to read. For lunch. feta cheese. Its large garden. Over the past three years. which was also the setting for From Russia With Love. When I first became his reading tutor. Jarvis lacked interest in his schoolwork and was too hyperactive to concentrate on a single task. That is our family legacy. If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere. If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere. I would visit the Topkapi Palace. including one of the largest diamonds in the world. with poor instruction. His school was under-funded. With my family's support. old shops and distinct architecture provide visitors with a rare glimpse of centuries past. shopping opportunities and exquisite cuisine. I wasn't prepared for the bond I would form with this eightyear-old angel. he got the highest score in the class on his last English exam.

The Internet is a huge online marketplace where companies can negotiate and purchase supplies from thousands of vendors. regardless of their age and technology background. How would you get your company ready for e-business and what will be some of the key facets of your strategy? What will you do and how will you do it? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and UCLA (Anderson) The Internet has revolutionized the way people work and conduct business. These changes will improve corporate efficiency and transform the way our employees view the Internet. followed by a quiet walk back to my hotel. For hurried . carpets. portable internet access devices. Gazing into the night sky. All employees can learn and understand the Internet. Whether we are comparing electronic devices or ordering office supplies.the oceanfront courtyard. Our recruiting efforts will be accomplished through on-line career services. The problem you face is that most of your top level employees have been with the company for a long time and have little e-commerce experience. Ultimately. who will demonstrate how the Internet and e-business will benefit our company. The Internet also will allow us to sell to consumers directly through our web site. For an afternoon jaunt. This group will include teenage music lovers. money and energy. This way. we will capture the manufacturer and item numbers into our ordering database. The marketing and sales departments will provide demonstrations and product information directly from our website. jewelry and leather goods. my next strategy will be to mandate a paperless office. Once my employees are comfortable with Internet. we can accurately and automatically replenish our inventory without losing productivity and qualifying new suppliers. where 4000 shops sell spices. My first step would be to create an Internet training group to teach our employees how to use the latest technology. Once we determine a particular electronic component or notebook size. when sultans reigned and the city was a very different place. I would explore the Grand Bazaar. My strategy is to immediately redirect our purchasing group to utilize this media. B2B commerce will save time. this diverse group will provide confidence to our aging employees that the Internet is not limited to the young technology wizards. Most importantly. I would ponder the Istanbul of centuries ago. I would finish fulfilling day at an upscale seafood restaurant. where diners are frequently splashed with sea water. You are the CEO of a consumer electronics company (product lines include Home Appliances. The proliferation of business-to-business (B2B) websites will also revolutionize our corporate buying strategy. MP3 players) and have to formulate an e-commerce strategy for your company. twenty-something wireless-phone users and on-line baby boomer shoppers. the combination of technology training and Internet usage will spark additional new and ingenious ways to integrate the Web into our business. I will issue all corporate announcements via e-mails and conduct business meetings through video conference.

The problem you face is that most of your top level employees have been with the company for a long time and have little e-commerce experience. This creates a store that is “always open”. I would hire the best available talent to bring my current employees up to speed with twenty-first century technology. many of the necessary steps are simple to execute. we would adopt electronic solutions to functions currently done offline. Just two years later. Fortunately. compare and purchase products at any hour from any place on earth. CEO of General Electric. The most . and our competitive intelligence efforts will be enhanced by the wealth of public data on the Internet. Fifth. We would purchase computers for every manager and provide exhaustive training in how to use the Internet. Raw materials can be sourced online.consumers. selling our products during off-hours. Third. He is the 64-year-old technology leader who suddenly “discovered” the Internet in 1999 and transformed GE into one of the most wired companies in the world. My job as CEO is to guide the company into the twenty-first century as a leader in a technologically driven company. MP3 players) and have to formulate an e-commerce strategy for your company. customers can research. convenient and economical. Using a computer or wireless Internet device. My strategy is to develop an e-business website to provide these benefits to our current and future customers. How would you get your company ready for e-business and what will be some of the key facets of your strategy? What will you do and how will you do it? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and the University of Michigan. You are the CEO of a consumer electronics company (product lines include Home Appliances. The reduced cost of e-business will allow us to offer better products at lower costs. the website will incorporate 360-degree views of our products with interactive features simulating the browsing and inspecting shopping experience. fault-tolerant computers will be used to ensure our website is functional 24/7/365 even during virus attacks and the busiest shopping days. I would recruit heavily at top universities for candidates with experience in training neophytes. they will embrace it for its groundbreaking conveniences. First. talented newcomers who can bring a fresh perspective to our company about how the technology can be used. portable internet access devices. Fourth. customers must be able to quickly navigate to a product of interest. online shopping is fast. selling and customer service. Jack Welch. weekends and holidays. Welch to prepare my consumer electronics company for e-business. Eventually. unlike the chaos of traditional holiday shopping. Colleges and universities are filled with dynamic. GE’s employees enthusiastically embrace the technology and the company is a leader in the business-to-business (B2B) marketplace. I am confident that if employees are properly trained to use the Internet. I will employ the same strategy used by Mr. creating an on-line bargain store. Second. successfully overcame the same challenge. the worldwide access of the Internet will allow us to create specific products and services targeting a specific country or culture. He instituted corporate-wide Internet usage including buying. E-mails would replace faxes and written memos. I think that combining their technological expertise with the practical experience of our current management staff will give us the best of both worlds. and teleconferences would replace costly staff meetings. I will implement a pricing strategy that is competitive with traditional department stores. My first step would be to create a new department dedicated to e-commerce training and implementation. His strategy was to systematically convert his managers and employees into experienced Internet users.

complete with full product descriptions and comparisons between competitive products. they will become its greatest advocates. once the web site was running successfully. We will heed the advice of Jack Welch. From an executive perspective. I would systematically convert many administrative functions to the Internet. This will assure our customers that personal information will be kept for internal use. Third. I would invest in top quality PCs for each manager and provide the most efficient form of Internet access. As new and more efficient ways to deliver quality products emerge. the project is actually quite exciting. I would recruit this VP from one of the current e-commerce leaders by offering an attractive compensation package. How would you get your company ready for e-business and what will be some of the key facets of your strategy? What will you do and how will you do it? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: UCLA and the University of California at Berkeley. whose "face time" would include many hours in the privacy of their own home offices. equipment and software that ecommerce requires. In addition. to answer consumer questions in real time. I would make our online shopping experience safe. Many functions. MP3 players) and have to formulate an e-commerce strategy for your company. . two. retaining our market share will require a long-term investment in the constantly changing training. who cites the Internet as “number one. including packing. shipping and delivery specifications. I would demonstrate to my employees that it is a unique tool to help us satisfy our customers while simultaneously improving our profitability. former Internet hackers and security experts will be hired to implement and maintain the most sophisticated security on our website. three and four” on his list of priorities to expand GE into the 21st century. affordable and informative. E-business is a new economy with huge opportunities for a leading consumer electronics company. staffed by knowledgeable personnel. the e-commerce division would be responsible for continually updating and training our employees. but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. We would communicate by e-mail rather than by more traditional methods. which will provide customers will a full range of products that satisfy all of their electronic needs. Second. would be performed by telecommuters. My ideal candidate would have the ability to train our existing staff in all aspects of technology. I would provide a toll-free customer service line. buy our office supplies and hire our new workers. Fourth. I would put our entire catalog online. After a comprehensive training period. These steps would enhance our bottom-line and impress even diehard technophobes. portable internet access devices. I would develop a comprehensive web site for our company that provided one-stop shopping for the consumer. You are the CEO of a consumer electronics company (product lines include Home Appliances. We want our customers to return for future purchases and refer friends and family members to our products. Who could resist that? Tell Us Something That Will Help Us Get to Know You Better This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan). In such a highly competitive market. The new group would have its own Vice President. Yet our corporate mission will succeed only if we focus on customer satisfaction. we will be prepared to seize them. The Internet will also allow us to sell products directly through our state-of-the-art web site. My strategy is to train our employees with the latest technology and embrace the Internet for all business communications. Customers would leave our site confident that we are leaders in our field. including routine office work. We would also use the Internet to monitor our competitors. easy. No sale will be final unless we exceed our customer’s expectations. In such a highly competitive market. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience. My first step would be to create a new division dedicated to e-commerce implementation. Rather than viewing the Internet as an obstacle. who would report directly to me. The problem you face is that most of your top level employees have been with the company for a long time and have little e-commerce experience. Once our employees see the benefits of the Internet.difficult aspect of this project is step one: getting our people online.

Whenever I saw civilians. When I depleted the shop's water supply. then asked for their help. With most of the fire trucks either crushed or burning. the water pressure in the area was too low to put them out. but to become an integral part of it. I am confident that I did my best to help as many people as possible. On 9/11. My services were clearly needed as a volunteer Within minutes. my job required a single-minded focus: to observe events and deliver award-winning shots. With assistance from firefighters. I made several trips there. Only then did I notice that my pants were burnt and that parts of my boots had melted while I walked through smoldering ash. I ask myself three questions: (1) Is the activity worthwhile? Does it require the application of my best self to benefit those around me? (2) Is the activity consistent with the values instilled . the second tower began to fall. Tell Us Something That Will Help Us Get to Know You Better This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. they asked me to solicit other needed items. effective volunteer under a highly unusual set of circumstances. With stinging eyes and a constant cough. As I left the site. the thick smoke and burning ash inhibited our ability to breathe.. I ran furiously to get the best vantage point. I cleaned ash out of people's eyes and gathered scattered equipment. including dust masks from an abandoned hardware store. At that moment. We picked up empty S. As I walked home that day. I donned a NYFD t-shirt and kept working. an ominous black cloud filled the sky and enveloped everything in its wake. Normally. but I pushed back just as hard. The scene was in total chaos." Like other Americans. Before undertaking an endeavor. the command post was buried under debris. I realized that I still had over seven rolls of film left to shoot. I did what any compassionate American would do. endurance and emotional stability farther than I ever dreamed possible.C. Upon my return. I asked the owner for donations to help the firefighters. Amid the devastation. I felt compelled to help. I took some final photos of the firefighters and a few "landscape shots. corporate party or movie I ever photographed. son and friend. I assembled a group of volunteers to search for available fire extinguishers in the surrounding buildings. I confirmed that they were fine. I only knew that a single plane had crashed through the World Trade Center. along with all of his dairy products. I put out small paper fires and salvaged equipment from burning fire trucks. Most were searching for their friends or trying to help survivors. Because of the heavy smoke. As the building collapsed. he knew that his perishable goods could not survive a prolonged lack of electricity. My life is guided by my continual pursuit of success as a professional. except for a single deli a few blocks away. Just as I raised my camera.O. After limping for another hour. He gave them to me. In my haste that day. I would regret not spending more time getting "great shots. I didn't realize the severity of the burns on my feet and ankles. I searched furiously for drinking water. I ran into the dense smoke to what it now called "Ground Zero" and attempted to find a command center or fire chief.T (Self-Contained Oxygen Tank) pack bottles and brought them to filling stations. I shot my first photo. Looking back at the split-second decisions I made that day. I served as a coordinator for new volunteers at the site. forcing an immediate evacuation. Dodging the thick veil of smoke. purchasing dozens of water bottles to distribute to people at the site. I couldn't resist the urge to take some close-up shots for possible publication. my primary responsibility was not to document the event. even the firefighters didn't seem to realize what had happened. Normally. citizen. In the first initial moments of shock. I was ordered to get some rest. when it became apparent that Building 7 was about to come down. I decided that my photos would have to wait. It wasn't hard to keep people busy. Despite his initial resistance. I served the needs of others. As I stepped onto the West Side Highway. While the firefighters searched through the debris. Jr. Not on September 11. My challenge was to be a compassionate. As piles of paper caught fire. The devastation at Ground Zero pushed my skills. When I told the firefighters. our burgeoning team of volunteers made the stress a little easier to bear. Most store owners had closed their shops and evacuated the area. I couldn't see that the first tower had already fallen. With the aid of a police officer. As a freelance photographer.Martin Luther King. As a former volunteer firefighter. We were evacuated several hours later. wedding. Faced with a life-threatening challenge." Yet the situation I encountered on September 11 was different from any concert. the surreal images of Ground Zero became permanently etched in my heart.

I am eager to learn how other nations and cultures achieve success and prosperity. he was often threatened by corrupt business owners who tried to bribe him into buying their shoddy products. many of my peers make life-altering decisions without ever asking themselves those three critical questions. I feel a deep responsibility to honor my parents' wishes and be the ethical and accomplished man they nurtured. At the end of each day. My parents taught me to dream big and to follow the correct path. Success! With the addition of a second paperclip and my "magic" technique. As a future leader. I am satisfied with my day. I wouldn't quit until I accomplished it. it was fairly sophisticated for a ten-year-old. I knew that my rampant creativity made me different from other kids. Through personal example. I continued to ask questions. comforted by the tangible rewards of money and material goods. where I gravitated to every design and photography class in the curriculum. To enroll at Harvard. I refused to settle for anything less than top grades or having my work prominently displayed in showcases on campus. Tell Us Something That Will Help Us Get to Know You Better This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Columbia University. I locked myself in my father's office.by my family? (3) Will the activity allow me to grow. preferring to follow an inner guide when I make big decisions. challenge myself and learn something new? Only if all three answers are "yes" will I proceed with the endeavor. I bent paperclips into different shapes and jiggled them furiously in every door in my house. Over the years. Despite her responsibilities at the school. As the head of the purchasing department. Although my reasoning was primitive and inefficient by adult standards. hoping that the added pressure would force me to figure it out. As I mature and gain meaningful life experience. Yet my parents paid for my education. One frustrating day. I like to make plans and follow through. My method employed basic physics. I have served as president of Pennsylvania's chapter of the American Red Cross. I usually choose the path that offers the greatest opportunity for emotional growth. I have left excellent companies in Singapore and Los Angeles to advance my career and embrace new challenges. I opened a relatively simple five pin lock in just two hours. my commitment to improving society has become the most important factor in my life. They seek a smooth daily existence. it is a necessary step on my path to leadership. and they didn't support my desire to go to "art" school to study film and photography. Thirty years later. He refused to cave in to their demands. I gain tremendous joy from giving to others and making meaningful contributions to the communities in which I live. I hope to become the leader of a social or humanitarian group that promotes equality throughout Singapore. Over the years. I will leave another successful position at Prudential Securities. Years ago I became fixated on picking locks. I want to be prepared to use the best ideas from around the globe to improve my community. my father taught me the power of honesty and integrity. I realized that my childhood tenacity was a powerful predictor of my adult personality. my mother taught me how to balance work with home. During college. Surprisingly. she was always available to attend to my needs. I used one clip to pull sideways on the keyhole and the other to brush back-and-forth on the small vertical pins inside the cylinder. Yet I have never been particularly motivated by physical things. Long after my friends lost interest in how something worked (like a television or radio). After completing every photography and design course at Temple. which provides food and medical help to people in need. For the past several years. I started a student film club. After nine years away from home. In all things. my mother is still my best friend. I enjoyed a natural affinity for the arts and hoped to pursue a related career. I ask myself : "Did I take a positive step to help society. Although some people may view this as risky. The . Once my mind focused on a task. As a teacher. my guide and never-ending source of love. large and small. my company and my family?" As long as I make progress in a way that honors my values and beliefs. As a college student. nothing has changed. As a child. My compromise was to remain at Temple.

Even with personal coaching. I am ready to obtain formal business training at Columbia. which offers a full range of services. Who knows where my combination of talent and education will take me? Addendum To Explain a Low GMAT Score This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Georgetown University and the University of Michigan.92). I was engrossed in every phase of the process. my father devoted his life to running a free clinic in rural Alabama. and I will bring a wealth of practical experience to the classroom. I have been unable to achieve the exceptional GMAT scores that are expected at a business school of Georgetown's caliber. a third VCR continuously recorded the "master track. As a primary care physician. I recorded a master tape complete with an audio soundtrack. success! Just like my childhood lock picking exploits. After graduation. If given the opportunity. as they clearly do not reflect the academic excellence I have consistently displayed in the classroom (undergraduate GPA of 3. Over the Christmas holidays. Although I respect your use of the GMAT as a screening tool. Between 1999 and 2003. requiring me to develop effective solutions within rigid time and budget constraints. I have been unable to exceed a score of 650. I enjoy both the diversity of projects and my ability to promote "high tech" services to other small businesses. I have proven myself to be an excellent manager of people. Ah.campus didn't have any video equipment. four halogen lamps. from creating websites to editing video. my only educational resource was a chronically under funded public school system. projects and resources. I am frustrated by these results. As a consequence. my hometown did not provide a comprehensive liberal arts background for students with higher educational aspirations. I am fluent in four languages and a successful marketing manager for a Fortune 100 company. Clearly. a video camera. two CD players. music. I took a leave of absence from my job and spent long hours every day preparing for the test. Two decades after my childhood lock picking experience. The company allows me to flex my entrepreneurial muscles in all stages of the business. I hope that you will consider the "full picture" of my academic. Despite my difficulty with the GMAT. Each new project brings unique challenges. I published four academic papers on cross-cultural marketing in peerreviewed journals in the United States and Japan. a stopwatch and several switches and dimmers extracted from electrical appliances.a Epitome Design). I will be a tremendous asset to Georgetown. I retain the same tenacious spirit." After three tries. I am convinced that I am an excellent candidate for your program. I was not able to take classes in art. After several years of entrepreneurial success.com (a. In all endeavors. my GMAT scores do not accurately reflect my fluency in English or my reasoning skills. psychology or the . Over the past decade. I bring an insatiable curiosity and a commitment to succeed. Consequently. Making an actual "movie" took serious work. I have worked very hard to achieve aggressive professional goals." including three VCRs. In challenging business situations. Addendum To Explain a Low GMAT Score This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Duke University and Georgetown University.k. I assembled my "movie making equipment. professional and cross-cultural training in making your final admissions decision. I have developed myriad practical skills that cannot be assessed by standardized testing. so I was forced to improvise. Despite my best efforts. Unlike affluent cities. which will enable me to learn and implement new ways to express my creative energy. My extensive preparation included a GMAT prep course at Temple University. I began a small company called Epitome. Using borrowed items (and a little ingenuity). along with private tutoring sessions with a faculty member. By strategically stopping and starting the two CD players and VCRs.

Yet my decision ultimately provided a wonderful sense of empowerment. The precipitous fall in Enron's stock price was the result of fraud. retirement accounts. I have dedicated my life to a career in business. I finally raised my overall score to 610. I am justifiably proud of my "average" GMAT score (600). which does not reflect my true academic potential. after graduation. discuss the relevance of market forces and government regulation on corporate values. I opted to keep the focus on my talents. Throughout college.physical sciences. After three tries. By navigating the difficult transition from a poor school system to a top-tier MBA program. As you might expect. which inspired my commitment to other aspects of personal growth. crashed because of illegal schemes that made multimillionaires of Andy and Lea Fastow. Although my university grades are excellent. Although it may not seem particularly impressive. dedication and effective study techniques. I developed the confidence to weather even the hardest storms. Contrary to what my high school guidance counselor told me. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Yale University. At first glance. Few will ever earn back what Ken Lay's merry gang of thieves have stolen from them. volunteered at a pro-bono health care clinic and become a highly visible advocate in my community. In the same vein. With your support and understanding. not my limitations. In a deal that requires prison time and a forfeiture of over $24 million to the government in ill-gotten gains. I attained a 3. As expected. I will conquer this one as well. Since age sixteen. including individualized tutoring in all sections of the exam. Few people supported my position. After all. I chose not to inform my professors or academic advisors of my "special needs. I will be expected to demonstrate the same skills as my peers in myriad professional situations. I hope the committee will view my disappointing GMAT score in the context of an otherwise exemplary life.9 GPA without special accommodations for my learning disabilities (dyslexia and ADHD). I have completed the most rigorous curriculum possible. which I also achieved without special testing accommodations. Arthur Anderson also engaged in deceptive behavior by helping Enron hide hundreds of millions of dollars of losses and by destroying documents that would have been . including my parents and family doctor. while Mom. the Fastows eventually plead guilty to charges of fraud and tax evasion. the mediocre scores are an unfortunate byproduct of my poor high school education. there isn't anything I can't do. their jobs. Nevertheless. My reference letters will certainly attest to the sincerity of my motivation and drive. a wealthy debutante. and eventually. they were the perfect family. it proves that I can perform at parity with other candidates under extremely stressful circumstances. Stake out your position on this issue and support your argument with specific details and examples. among many others at the Enron Corporation. I still have difficulty taking standardized tests. Why not start now? Drawing on current events. When reviewing my application. Dad had a top job at a high-flying company. and their lives. Then the company. had her own solid career at the same firm. as executives cashed out their stock positions while falsely reassuring shareholders that business was booming. Enron's problems began with revelations that its chief financial officer was running partnerships that allowed the company to keep half a billion dollars in debt off its books. In fact. For philosophical reasons." Despite the underlying challenges. the Fastows generate little sympathy among the thousands of Enron employees who lost their shirts. By thriving academically. I have done everything possible to improve my GMAT score. Addendum To Explain a Low GMAT Score This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: New York University (Stern) and the University of Florida. I confirmed my ability to succeed in difficult situations. By employing hard work. Stanford University and Dartmouth University (Tuck). I achieved excellent grades under the same testing conditions as my peers. I later found myself at a significant disadvantage in a competitive college environment. they unanimously agreed that my efforts to compete with "normal" students were doomed to fail.

the debacle was inevitable. Stake out your position on this issue and support your argument with specific details and examples. These offshore companies provided Enron with the perfect ruse to manipulate energy prices and. The stock market is driven by the basic laws of supply and demand. Enron would show them contracts it had signed with its offshore "partners" that locked them in at increasingly astronomical prices. .000 "savings" has subsequently cost her over twenty billion dollars in her firm's equity value. just like all the rest of them." but until the past few years. Drawing on current events. discuss the relevance of market forces and government regulation on corporate values. wildly inflating the stock price. along with that of Sam Watchel and the gang at Inclone. has evoked an unprecedented anger and distrust in the American public. this is the sad legacy that the Fastows have left us. To restore the public's faith in corporate America. I was familiar with the concept of "insider trading." he scowled." As an accountant for Ernst & Young. So many factors affect a buyer's confidence in a company before he buys even a single share of stock: quality products. Instead of letting the free market decide energy future prices. my father grumbled at the lead story on CNN. Enron's customers had no choice but to submit to Enron's extortive energy prices. they were able to show Wall Street profits. As I sat down to our family's Thanksgiving dinner. Greedy Enron executives saw no end to the possibilities for its offshore entities. After beginning as a traditional energy producer/seller in 1985. "That Martha Stewart. I was. Enron gained permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to trade energy futures and derivatives. For several weeks before the official news broke in the media. When the uncontrollable meltdown of Enron's scheme began in December 2001. the world learned that Enron's apparent success had been little more than a complex illusion. it has taught the entire world a cynical lesson about the power of greed and the need for governmental regulation in the minutia of everyday corporate life. Sure. Thanks to Enron. the federal government needs to quickly undo every "loophole" that Enron exploited in its convoluted scheme.helpful to the subsequent criminal investigation. Government investigators should be granted free access to a firm's books and audit them on a regular basis. Regardless of the outcome of her appeal. many of which they treated as partnerships. the personal loss of Martha Stewart's reputation will remain immeasurable. an excellent business plan. "She's a crook. along with the ongoing costs of litigation. Yet her vast consumer product empire now hinges on a single stock trade that saved her from losing $40. Enron set up nearly 3000 offshore companies. A better question is why the government didn't implement better regulations to prevent it. many potential investors will never be willing to invest a dime in a publicly held company. at the same time. No single company should ever be in a position to set the price for energy. By transferring its obligations to some of the these shell companies. I had painstakingly copied. As devastating as the Enron scheme has been to thousands of displaced employees and millions of bilked stockholders. For many years. Enron opted to cheat. Recent estimates suggest that her $40. my firm had played a large role in the investigation of the Inclone stock trading debacle. nor should they be allowed to show nonexistent profits to Wall Street.000 in her personal account. Martha Stewart's plight. I felt a keen sense of responsibility about how Martha was perceived. When states like California came to Enron to lock in energy contracts. Firmer laws must be in place that govern an accounting firm's relationship with its clients. when in fact the company was being looted into insolvency by its top managers. after all. hide its own debts." As the only "businessman" of the family. rather than play by the rules. one of "the rest of them. Considering the behind-the-scenes practices at both firms. Offshore partnerships should be banned. a highly recognizable spokeswoman. Unfortunately. the general public certainly wasn't. Many people are now questioning how in the world this could have happened. which are predicated on a stock buyer's hope that the value of his shares will increase. Martha Stewart had it all. Enron circumvented the magic of the marketplace and set its own price for energy. Viewing what appeared to be legitimate contracts with others. a viable market. In many ways. collated and organized cartons of records for a team of SEC investigators. Worse than their tarnished reputations and their prolonged jail sentences. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Yale University and the University of Virginia.

And perhaps that's the way it should be. Stake out your position on this issue and support your argument with specific details and examples. regulation and jurisdiction. even if they don't think that anyone is looking. They will stifle any opportunities for markets to grow in every sector of the economy. I am eager to open my books to anyone who is interested in seeing them. the advancements in global technology . even Martha Stewart had gotten into the act. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia. Thanks to situations like the Martha Stewart case. Consequently. mission statement or annual report that didn't claim the highest of moral and ethical standards. Tyco. FTC. Yet the rampant corporate corruption of the past decade clearly suggests that these "solid values" cannot be taken for granted in any company or industry. consumer rights and liability. users conduct myriad interactions in cyberspace. By ensuring that those in positions of authority have the integrity to put the stockholder's needs ahead of their own personal greed. Enron. SEC. even if more "creative" accounting methods are available. the fraud remained undetected because accountants and auditors used "creative means" of hiding and mislabeling expenses in a manner that allowed millions of dollars to be misused without detection. now generates $25 billion in annual sales. in just fifteen years. I am humbled and saddened by the acts of these "role models." who have cast a negative shadow on their respective industries. which provides convenience and luxury at the click of a mouse. Ironically. Amazingly. the government must better regulate the accounting practices of publicly traded firms and increase the frequency and extensiveness of audits. The UCITA (Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act). With my background in technology. and National Consumers League have each become a recognized presence in the effort to dictate fairness. The fraud at Enron was facilitated by it's unusual ability to set the price for energy in a market in which it enjoyed a monopoly. At Tyco and WorldCom. By adhering to federal laws on insider trading. at least superficially.What. the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). the internet has become an integral component of our everyday lives. To prevent similar fraud. both in the stock market and in the perception of average Americans? By being honest." In all of my years of working and investing. Online commerce. with unlimited growth potential. As a future business leader. WorldCom. By the time the dust settled. Over and over again." they won't trust us or invest in our companies. Until the individual investor believes that he has the same chance of success as those "in the know. then. anonymous and legitimate. The sad lesson to the American public from all of these debacles is that business is dirty. Ultimately. By reporting their income and expenses honestly. I support the development and implementation of stronger government regulations for how companies do business. Despite their best efforts. I have never seen a prospectus. only those companies who stand for honesty and truth will have a chance to survive in the cynical 21st century economy. I have concluded that the only way to boost consumer confidence is to increase government regulation of specific industries and to allocate enough money to ensure proper compliance. claimed to have "solid corporate values. Yet these vast technological developments have sparked a quagmire of unresolved legal. serving five months in federal prison for her role in an insider stock trade. Since the internet is a "human" environment. this hinges on elements of personal character that are decided long before a crime is committed. we've seen that CEOs are liars and thieves who will exploit their hard-earned investors' dollars to satisfy their own greed. moral and ethical concerns with far-reaching implications. is the lesson to be learned by corporate America? How can companies preserve their reputations. Is it any wonder that Generation X has shown little interest in investing in the stock market? And can anyone blame them? As a prospective MBA student. The US government can prevent similar fraud by enforcing relevant antitrust laws and by limiting the price the firms can charge for energy. Drawing on current events. Only by ensuring compliance will prospective customers and stockholders regain their faith in big business. discuss the relevance of market forces and government regulation on corporate values. they all. The unprecedented growth of the internet requires careful delineation of cyber-rights and obligations regarding fair-business practices. prevent fraud and define the level of accountability within the digital realm. devious and wholesome. I am most interested in the laws that affect technology.

following a week of deadlines. exercise diffuses the physical and emotional stress of my marketing career. determination. Describe something you feel passionate about…. choosing the proper combination to improve my performance and avoid injuries. I've been a dedicated athlete since high school. My competitive spirit enabled me to focus on my diet. When considering the assertion that the market was saturated with MBAs." As a tenacious man with incomparable skills. sleep habits and training schedule. personnel issues and campaign strategies. In one particularly poignant case. I have conducted over 200 autopsies in the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office. Since 1995. which are consistent with shaken baby syndrome. our results are invaluable to the police and prosecutor. but there aren't too many good MBAs. In addition to providing great physical benefits. in which a consumer never truly knows with whom (s)he is dealing. When I feel overwhelmed by professional stress. where and when a person died. Describe something you feel passionate about…. Although initially overwhelmed. Despite the proliferation of corruption and greed in American business. I continue to row recreationally and apply the lessons I've mastered to other personal and professional challenges. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago. In criminal cases. I discovered my passion for rowing at age eighteen. I can not indulge my passion for rowing on a daily basis. using my physical strength to gently tread water and become one with nature. where I work as a forensic pathologist. I will defy the perception of "abundant mediocrity" and become an MBA worthy of Bill Gates' pride. I am passionate about solving crime. who seek justice for the murder victim. pursuing sports such as football. when I joined Princeton's lightweight crew team. During a post-mortem exam. ". recent advances in DNA technology allow us to definitively place someone at a crime scene with just a single strand of hair. developing the discipline. and respect to pursue my sport. My primary motivation for getting my MBA is to make a meaningful contribution to this endeavor. As I write this essay. We can match a bullet or knife wound to the exact weapon that was used in the crime. The most difficult cases involve children. Amazingly.continue to evolve at a faster pace than the laws required to regulate them. the best firms will remain on top. In several cases. I am confident that with proper regulation and ethical leadership. because they leave behind critical forensic evidence to support a successful prosecution. In the nameless.. lacrosse and bicycling.there may be too many MBAs. I indulge in my passion for rowing. government regulation is critical to build confidence and to protect consumer rights. Bringing global harmony to online activity (via universally accepted "Cyber-Law") is an astoundingly complex process in which all governments must participate. I developed an acute awareness of my body and how to maximize its potential under difficult conditions. Yet it is also a bet I am vehemently inspired to win. I am reminded of a remark by Bill Gates at the 2001 Global Technology Forum. the ends of the infant's cerebral axons had . I consider this statement a direct challenge to my psyche: a wager against my character. During college. we documented that the axons in the child's cerebral white matter were sheared. maturity and tenacity. Upon microscopic examination. "anonymous" world of cyberspace. faceless. I am excited to be part of the solution. nothing is more relaxing that an exhilarating row across Lake Geneva. Although my competitive rowing days are over. I was inspired by the dedication and discipline of my teammates. he noted. Living in the city. Armed with a lifetime of passion and intellectual curiosity. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and Dartmouth University (Tuck). Despite their protestations of innocence. we confirm how. I spent more than 30 hours per week training. murderers seldom elude our grasp. most likely from the repetitive force of being shaken. we discovered extensive intracranial and retinal hemorrhages. Yet on a clear weekend morning. I quickly discovered the intensity of the sport and the rigid training regimen.

Whenever possible. the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced him to forty years in prison. I often encounter confusing events that initially seem overwhelming. In addition to teaching the children to read. I read my past entries about similar events. as my tiny legs were not long enough to reach the floor.retracted into globoid shapes called "retraction balls. I see a reflection of my own dreams from two decades ago. I confirmed my personal responsibility to help others navigate the same road. as did my grandmother. where I help to organize recreational events. Whenever I feel off-track. miraculously transported back to my high school days and the seemingly insurmountable problems of adolescence. crime and illegal drug use. On an intrinsic level. discussions and meaningful issues. I tell each child that he can accomplish anything if he is willing to work hard enough. Based on our testimony. As much as I prefer to think that I've evolved past my childhood feelings. Even as a young girl. What is you most valuable tangible possession? My most valued possession is a small. apply to college. I try to be a positive role model. I am one of the lucky ones. black rocking chair. After growing up in a poor neighborhood in south Boston. My goal is to keep their hope alive. clad with a thick set of velvet cushions that were hand-sewn in the late 1950's. taking a moment each day to recount events. By keeping daily notes. My journal provides more than just memories. my personal values and my commitment to my family and friends. Later. where I quietly rocked as I threw peanuts to the seagulls and inhaled the salty ocean air. I have subsequently kept my own journal since the fifth grade. I escaped the dead-end life in which many inner city children are trapped. through the power of a positive example. both professionally and personally. The chair was a fixture in my grandmother's living room. As a successful professional. I had a passion for writing and teaching. I randomly select a volume and read through several entries. my parents had to lift me into the chair. My father's attic contains a box that is filled with every journal I've kept during the past fifteen years. For far too many kids. I confirm the importance of specific issues and reinforce important life lessons. arrange financial aid and juggle the competing demands of school and work. My heartfelt thoughts in my journal reinforce my career path. I was forced to rely on my own perseverance to finish high school. as an adolescent. my journal shapes the woman I am today. I was a always sensitive girl who loved to be surrounded by friends. What is you most valuable intangible possession? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and Duke University (Fuqua). If I can help a single child stay in school and fulfill his potential. my efforts will be a success. In my daily life. My journal is my own private haven for releasing emotions in a therapeutic manner. Describe something you feel passionate about…. my local neighborhood continues to struggle with the devastating effects of poverty. who lack the support of an encouraging role model. I dragged the chair onto my grandmother's large wraparound porch. Over the past several years. the lifelong benefits of a college education remain an elusive dream. feelings I need to resolve and thoughts that I have never shared with another human being. My journal reveals areas where I need to develop. where I spent many happy days as a child. I though it was a wonderful idea. By completing college. Each Christmas. As a toddler. 1. In the children's young eyes. Yet I understand the frustrations of the working poor. I work as a volunteer at the Little Tyke Day Care in Boston. a quick review of my own words confirms the consistency of my emotions. I also work as a reading tutor at Midtown Elementary School in Fairhaven. Without a mentor. it is a creative expression of who I am and who I hope to become. our evidence suggested otherwise. By doing so. Even then. I become immersed in the details of my past. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and the University of Virginia. . I emphasize the importance of education in building a successful future. I am passionate about giving back to my community. such as movies and visits to the zoo. My journal is as helpful today as it was during my high school years. With each success. My mother kept hers to preserve history." Although the baby's father denied shaking her.

his graduation gift to me was an antique watch that was passed down to him from his paternal grandfather. By this time. in church. which is the guiding force in my life. because I didn't want the Tiffany lamps. Nothing on earth compares to the serenity and happiness of surrendering my life to Him as I awaken each day. Yet I cherished the watch as a family heirloom and as a symbolic acknowledgment of my adulthood. My faith is strongest not during good times. Some days she never awakened during my visits. This "grace under pressure. or through volunteering in community enterprises. black rocking chair. whether at work. even during times of crisis. My calling is not in the ministry or as a representative of any organized religion. a lovely reminder of the woman who played such a kind. it represents all the missing gifts that I will never receive from a loving man who died far too soon. the original artwork or the priceless china and crystal. my father was between jobs in the aerospace industry. and the only sound in her quiet room was the creaking of the old black rocker. the chair was in her bedroom. Although I was not raised in a religious family.When I visited my grandmother during college. supportive role in my childhood and adolescence. where she often slept after receiving chemo. 2. It now sits in my living room." or ability to survive horrific situations. My parents meticulously detailed which grandchildren took which items. I simply know that God called me to be an honorable man. the gold had tarnished and the hands were extremely ornamental and difficult to read. although I respect each person's right to believe or not believe in a higher power as (s)he sees fit. What is you most valuable tangible possession? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and the University of Michigan. a loving husband and father and an ethical businessman. Instead. I have already achieved significant financial and professional success in a highly competitive field. What is you most valuable tangible possession? When I graduated from high school. and most alive. when I align my work and decisions behind God's purpose. I wanted the one piece that would always remind me of my grandmother and the magic of her home: her small. As a result. because I know that He walks with me and provides the strength and resources to learn from the experience and eventually help others through my accumulated wisdom. 3. . My only request seemed odd. the gold watch he presented to me at my high school graduation was the last gift I ever received from my father. It now symbolizes much more than my impending adulthood. I hoped that the gift was just the first of many from my father as I began a long and happy life. clad with the hand-sewn velvet cushions. Although our culture worships money and physical possessions. Consequently. he didn't have the money to buy me an expensive gift or to send me on a summer vacation with my friends. I don't derive personal satisfaction from these pursuits. however. Friends often comment on my calm personality. I feel most at peace. Despite my young age. I always knew that my life was created for a purpose beyond physical satisfaction. When my grandmother died last year. he was killed in a car crash during my freshman year in college. determined to keep the financial disbursement as equitable as possible. I always sat in my favorite rocking chair. What is your most valued intangible possession? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). My most valued intangible possession is my faith in God. My acceptance into an MBA program will also be guided by His will and plan. At the time. I will never totally understand why or how God calls each of us and reveals His plan. Although it kept accurate time. my mother sold her rambling Victorian that had been filled with furniture and antiques from the 1800's. but during bad ones. the watch was never aesthetically pleasing. Sadly. is the direct personification of God's will. He continually places me in situations where I can use my natural gifts to help others.

but I certainly became so by necessity. Our sprawling neighborhood had many working class families who came to America to build a better life. I don't remember my mother. I personally choose to be happy. I wasn't always the best student. Until I moved away to attend college. Life is too short and filled with too many good things to waste even a moment's time thinking about the bad stuff. New friends often tell me that my life sounds like a soap opera. Although my life is settled now. Yet I grew up surrounded by love. along with all of our personal possessions. which have helped me to survive even the most difficult situations. worked multiple jobs to make ends meet and survived an early unhappy marriage. We were homeless for almost a year. Looking back. I always wear the ring. From my earliest memory. I survived numerous stressful situations en route to nirvana. When I didn't know an answer in class or got into trouble. well-adjusted person. What does it mean to you to live in a global community? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Chicago and Columbia University. the US economy is increasingly intertwined with those of other nations. the units are assembled in China and their customer service lines are answered in India. God or anyone who has hurt me. Despite our racial. I didn't realize the unique value of this experience. but I was certainly the funniest and easiest to like. Although I have not yet found marital happiness. What is your most valued intangible possession? My most valuable intangible possessions are my sense of optimism and humor. I diffused the teacher's anger by making a joke. who is autistic. the businesses most likely to succeed are those that are committed to creating synergy among different cultures. But I never lost hope that I would emerge as anything but a successful.My most treasured possession is my mother's wedding ring. With the rapid advances in communications and technology. I once again assumed the role of comic relief. either on my right hand or on a chain around my neck. Fortunately. our primary challenge was to retain our cherished ethnic traditions within our larger blended environment. Life throws everyone curveballs that we can play any way we choose. leaving us with just the clothes on our backs. we were a thriving global community. I changed schools each year and had to quickly make new friends. We lost our home in a hurricane in 1993. It also represents a permanent connection to my mother. I don't know if I am extroverted by nature. where I thrived in a talented group of international students. social and economic differences. Life became more challenging in high school when my uncle left the service. Jenny already had three children of her own and was married to an Air Force man who relocated our unruly brood every eighteen to twenty-four months. sleeping on sofas and daybeds in the homes of family and friends. I also assume full financial support and medical responsibility for my younger brother. I grew up in a bilingual household on the south side of Chicago. leaving me in the care of my older sister Jenny. but that gives soap writers far too much credit. As the child of Mexican immigrants. my mother's ring was on my finger that day and remained in my possession. a tangible piece of her life that I know far too little about. My older sister told me that my parents' marriage was perfect and I hoped to someday achieve the same happiness. My parents died in a car accident when I was three years old. At the time. As a consequence. which I received as a gift on my eighth birthday. being supportive of my family by finding (and illuminating) the bright spot in any situation. as she and my father were killed in a car accident just before I turned three. . he also lost our primary source of income. hearing wonderful stories about my parents and their devotion to us. my childhood in Chicago was excellent preparation for the diversity on campus. each sale by Apple Computer reflects the collective efforts of a highly organized global village. I put myself through college. I also hold no grudges against life. Established American companies like Apple Computer quickly discovered the competitive benefits of "going global" by outsourcing numerous functions to companies in less expensive parts of the world. I still view my mother's ring as evidence of its infinite possibility. Not even Erica Kane can match some of the trials and tribulations my family has survived. In a highly tangible way. Our home was destroyed by a hurricane when I was a teenager. While many Apple components are produced in Indonesia. Because my brother-in-law ran a home business.

geography is no longer a barrier to any type of transaction or commerce. On a practical level. Shortly after I turned five. I will be well-positioned to look beyond the technical aspects of a firm and understand the people who comprise it. On a theoretical level. my family was invited to participate in a traditional ritual of prayer at one of the most famous private temples in Taiwan. My new position in the Business Development/ Latin America Team in Boston offered new challenges in Costa Rica. my challenge will be to identify and use the best combination of available resources in a highly competitive international economy. Those in charge of strategic planning for a company like Apple must be as familiar with labor laws in New Delhi as they are in San Francisco. During the ten years that we lived in Taiwan. which enjoyed a 200% increase in institutional assets during my tenure. it means that the most competitive players must possess a deep appreciation of cultural differences. which will enhance my success as a corporate leader. will hinge on my comfort with cultural diversity and multi-nationalism. each part of the global community must work in cooperation and harmony. I was invited to join their Business Development Team in Boston. What does it mean to you to live in a global community? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. Nicaragua. The event provided great insight into the participants and their values. I am uniquely qualified to do this. During the New Year’s Eve celebrations. After living and traveling on different continents. This invitation acknowledged my contribution to the success of the Brazilian Office. living in a global community means that there are unlimited opportunities for a person or firm to succeed. I have used my skills to adapt to a new culture. I have cultivated strong skills in financial research. Thanks to my parents' insatiable wanderlust. Chile and . which necessitated a permanent relocation to Asia. My success. Businesses can only thrive on a global level if they acknowledge and appreciate the essential differences of every market they penetrate. To date. I feel well prepared for the challenges of a global community. New York University (Stern) and Columbia University Living in a global community means that every person on earth is a potential customer of a company's goods and services. I developed a passion for exploring cultures and traditions that are dissimilar from my own. To succeed in the twenty-first century. to a great extent. Costa Rica and Panama. After my birth in the United States. I spent my summers exploring the well-known parks. From traveling and living abroad. I have become passionate about international relations and cultural diversity. Through diverse academic and professional experiences. Thanks to the benefits of technology. What does it mean to you to live in a global community? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Dartmouth University (Tuck) and Columbia University. who helped me to speak their native language.As a future corporate leader. My long-term professional goals are to build on these strengths. thrive in academia and successfully navigate the corporate ladder. challenge my intellect and my humanity. Through my international experience at Citi-Bank. Yet my greatest asset is my multicultural background and humanistic approach to solving problems. we spent several years traveling through Greece. and the Central American countries of Honduras. coast lines and vibrant valleys that contribute to Asia's wondrous natural beauty. Turkey. my parents accepted faculty positions at the Global International School in Taiwan. Firms that try to exist in a vacuum will be doomed to failure. I was raised in a global community. After working for Citi-Bank's San Paolo office for two years. With my ability to understand and converse with different types of people. I took the initiative to develop strong friendships with locals my age. These diverse experiences taught me to embrace and honor the sacred meaning of a nation's cultural traditions. and make a lasting contribution to my local and global community.

I spent my entire life in Brazil. If you could change one characteristic about yourself. If that means forfeiting my win at the Kentucky Derby. enabled me to communicate with our clients and colleagues throughout Latin America. Yet a small part of me will always be 10 years old. This knowledge in invaluable to any firm trying to serve both markets. I have a better understanding of the business needs of other cultures and am developing specific investment products to suit them. As an self-proclaimed "amazon. along with my fluency in Spanish and Portuguese. cute shoes. I'm also a killer basketball player. Who knows? Maybe if I had been short. Although jockeys could be young or old. As a six-foot-four. After watching National Velvet as a child. an intelligent mind and a devastating sense of humor. what would it be? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and Dartmouth University (Tuck). By moving to the United States. Maybe because my stature was genetic and unwanted. smart. they were all well under five-foot-six. With dedication and skill. People are usually delighted to discover that the "willowy" woman is also funny. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). By taking a global approach to asset management. which define how we think. In my childlike fantasies. I learned how to live alone and how to adapt to a different culture. my dream of becoming a jockey was dashed by age 10. I yearned for a stronger. natural blonde. Small in stature and infinitely feminine. dying to be short like everyone else. Trust me. somehow equating stature with wisdom and experience. I'd have become a "diminutive rock star" like Madonna or Gwen Stefani. when I was already six feet tall. who wore adorable clothes and tiny. I have demonstrated my ability to handle managerial projects of increasing responsibility and complexity. I've learned to embrace my height and do everything possible to accentuate it. Yet destiny obviously had another fate in mind. what would it be? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. I grew up thinking that my voice was an appropriate fit for my shy personality. Sadly. If you could change one characteristic about yourself. Prior to living in Boston." I've never appreciated everyone's obsession with being tall. . more powerful voice to match the assertive woman I hoped to become. My cultural diversity. hard working and talented. Thanks to this experience. I wear slimming. Yet as I matured and became more independent. The position also expanded my Marketing responsibilities to include Strategic Planning and International Management. I am a jockey. so be it. I was especially reluctant to embrace it.Mexico. cute girl. As a young girl. it's impossible to look even remotely cute when you tower over the boys by a good six inches and wear a size ten shoe! Since early adulthood. My relocation also accelerated my personal growth. my parents frequently praised my soft voice as a "ladylike" quality. Throughout adolescence I was taller than most boys and was never asked to dance at parties or social events. feel and make business decisions. a starter for all four years for the Kansas State Lady Cats. sophisticated clothes and usually appear more mature than my 25 years. I was convinced that I would one day win the Kentucky Derby. blessing me with a tall stature. In my more honest moments. Boys seemed to prefer the short girls. I always get noticed. I'll admit that I actually enjoy being the center of attention when I walk into a room. I wanted to become a jockey like Elizabeth Taylor. male or female. My superiors tend to take me seriously. I developed a heightened sensitivity to the subtle differences between Brazil and the United States. among a fairly homogenous group of people. a gymnast or simply a small.

I emerge from my meditative breaks feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the challenges of a new day. relaxing every muscle and tendon in my body. they'd burst into laughter. I'd love to say that I've gotten miraculously louder over the years. which writes letters on behalf of wronged consumers who have been cheated by large corporations. From my perspective. Vocal classes in college brought some improvement. Duke University (Fuqua) and the University of Virginia Four extra hours would allow me to engage in satisfying personal activities that I cannot currently squeeze into my schedule. I am passionate about helping others protect their hardearned cash and devote as much time as possible to writing complaint letters. nothing has changed. I would also volunteer to teach nutrition classes to beginning bodybuilders and workout enthusiasts. On any given weekend. I joined Toastmasters. In addition to aerobic exercise. squeaky chirp emerged. I need to focus my energy on one or two pursuits that truly matter to me. but that would be an exaggeration. rather than taking a scattershot approach. volunteer at the community center or practice the clarinet. I may run 10 miles. WeFixIt. This past year. In public settings. leaving me overcommitted with recreational activities and half-finished projects. I'm more confident than I was in grade school. I have made a conscious effort to choose my hobbies more selectively. what would you do with them? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University. In my fourth additional hour. I would teach weightlifting classes at Gold's Gym. I'll never forget giving oral book reports in grade school. yet struggling to be heard has been a challenge my entire life. what would you do with them? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Northwestern University (Kellogg). rather than with my decibel level. For one hour each day. I tend to command the attention of my audience with my poise and intelligence. Yet it occasionally diverts focus from my primary interests. Sadly. along with judicious practice at public speaking. what would it be? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia Because of my natural curiosity. . In a perfect world. I would devote two hours per day to my Internet business. when I opened my mouth. Thankfully. the support of a few close friends helped me endure the momentary embarrassment.For someone with a powerful voice. Unfortunately. but my volume increases significantly only when I clip a microphone to the front of my blouse. I was voted Most Versatile in high school because I participated in a number of hobbies and clubs that transcended different skill sets. I am always seeking ways to broaden my horizons. Ten years later. which gave me additional tips to amplify my voice. No matter how relaxed and self-assured I felt. I knew that the pathetic voice the class heard wasn't the "real" me. On good days. I would meditate silently in my bedroom. the class looked at me with subdued pity. If you had four extra hours per day. the demand for my service will always outstrip my available writing time. They often question my motivation. In my heart. Friends jokingly call me the "gal for all seasons. yoga and spiritual meditation provide essential respite for my body. my "issue" must seem trivial. If you had four extra hours per day. The following weekend. I'll take a class in tile repair and redo my kitchen wallpaper. If you could change one characteristic about yourself. my natural curiosity is an inherently positive attribute that opens my world to new experiences. while on bad days. which is simply to live life to the fullest. In 2003. a pathetic." because they can never guess what hobby I will pursue next. Although I enjoy being well-rounded. no matter how many hours I have each day. I achieve maximum performance at my job when I release stress on a daily basis.com. where I hold a lifetime membership. The site is a marketing tool for my consumer complaint business. mind and soul. I've learned that I can't experience everything.

I'd promote my work at trade shows and craft fairs. but not nearly as important as the continual love and support of my family. etc. to market my custom-made belts. playing and getting to know each other. Jesse's initial response wasn't as enthusiastic. More impressive than my excellent GPA is my simultaneous participation in many outside activities. I was an active participant in the Tri-Delt sorority and the Big Sisters Association of Baltimore. who was born during my year-long internship in China. which sells custommade jewelry over the Internet. If I had four extra hours per day. Fortunately. which sparked my successful career on Wall Street. With four extra hours per day. I would make more samples. where national buyers often search for unique. I eventually devoted over 20 hours per week to my entrepreneurial venture. eager for our small family to finally be complete. I'd also beef up my web site. My academic record shows my ability to succeed in the rigorous dual major of Computer Science and Communications. Although my web site has only recently become profitable. spending nearly every evening and weekend together. As a freshman. advertise on eBay and become a moderator for jewelry-related chat rooms. print a glossy catalogue and solicit interest from local wholesalers in my area. Art has been my passion since I was a young child. I took the "safe" road by majoring in investment banking. Although my first glance at his sweet face is forever etched into my memory. In addition. nor am I politically inclined. we've bonded since then. grades. My favorite memory is the day I first saw Jesse at the Los Angeles airport. yet I never thought I could earn my living selling beads or hand painted T-shirts.) is an accurate reflection of your ability and potential? In comparison to your college friends and classmates. I promised my wife that I would never leave them again for any reason. but that would be disingenuous. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and Dartmouth University (Tuck). If you had four extra hours per day. I increasingly find myself relying on the old cliche "not enough time" as a handy excuse for avoiding an assortment of low priority tasks. I missed the joy of his birth and the first three months of his life. I would probably invest them in my sideline business. Now that I am back in the United States. who was a virtual stranger to him. Professional success is sweet. what would you do with them? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). the Herald. Few other self-supporting students maintained such a busy schedule or attained a stellar GPA. earrings and necklaces worldwide. Instead. fussed and couldn't be consoled by his father. I also lent my writing expertise to our college newspaper. Do you feel that your academic record (I. do you feel that you were particularly advantaged or disadvantaged? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. course load. belongs to my wife and Jesse. one-of-a-kind pieces. I would exhaust every possible step to achieve entrepreneurial success and go to bed each night with the satisfaction that I gave it my best shot. As years pass. My assumption of such enormous responsibilities and mastery of essential time management skills are valuable tools for my graduate school career and my professional future. I am convinced it could grow considerably with additional time and attention. I'd love to claim that I'd devote four extra hours a day to promoting world peace. serving as General Editor during my senior year.I would devote four extra hours each day to my son Jesse. nothing compares to the magic of being an integral part of Jesse's everyday life. . As the business grew. I started my own T-shirt business on campus to pay tuition and fees. whether four minutes or four hours. Although my wife sent me dozens of photos and videotapes. I haven't got a clue how to solve international problems.e. and I fully intend to honor that promise. He cried. He and my wife waited hours for my delayed flight. Yet I've always had a yen to explore my entrepreneurial side. Any additional time in my schedule.

commitment and networking skills more than compensated for my youthfulness. surviving such a traumatic experience clarified my goals. I demonstrated a venturesome spirit and incomparable drive to succeed. etc. Many people thought I was too young to run my own company. I presented my research at the annual meeting of the ACS in Phoenix.e. In addition to achieving a perfect grade point average. Although my grades suffered. etc. Since early childhood. With each small success. I also conducted independent research during my junior and senior years. rather than my actual ability. At age sixteen. Do you feel that your academic record (I. including the sale of OVB (on-line venue booking system for lectures) over the internet. Rather than focusing on school. course load. do you feel that you were particularly advantaged or disadvantaged? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago. Yet the stressful situation helped me to re-evaluate my beliefs. I completed a full course load throughout each traditional academic year. In a short period of time. aspirations and plans. grades. My grades from the South American University of Engineering reflect the stress of these dire circumstances. My family and I lost our life savings. due to my accelerated coursework. my country experienced hyperinflation. winning first prize in the undergraduate paper competition. do you feel that you were particularly advantaged or disadvantaged? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School.) is an accurate reflection of your ability and potential? In comparison to your college friends and classmates. and graduated a semester early. millions lost their jobs and the cost of living skyrocketed. My venturesome spirit also extends to academia. Columbia University and the University of Virginia My 4. My chief advantages are my natural affinity for the field and my willingness to take summer and evening classes. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton).Do you feel that your academic record (I.e. I wasn't always able to devote my complete energy to my schoolwork. Yet my research. I learned valuable lessons about marketing my products and working with people. Many days. During my senior year. Northwestern University (Kellogg). grades.0 GPA reflects both my mastery of Chemistry and my strong enthusiasm for science. Although my recent academic performance is excellent. I stood in line for hours to buy food. Yet the stress of the economic overhaul made it impossible to concentrate on my studies. rather than preparing for exams. selling hand-painted T-shirts in a local mall. My success inspired other entrepreneurial ventures. I launched my first home business. course load.) is an accurate reflection of your ability and potential? In comparison to your college friends and classmates. After spending eighteen years in Germany . I'm proud that I was able to exercise the enormous energy required to balance my schoolwork and part-time employment. challenged my time-management skills and provided the strength to overcome future obstacles. I was enrolled in the South American University of Engineering during the collapse of the Brazilian government. I have taken several calculated risks that have made me an excellent leader. What do you feel makes a person a good leader? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Michigan and Stanford University. While others were paralyzed by a fear of failure. I found myself struggling for survival. when the country underwent unprecedented economic turmoil and uncertainty. culminating in two publications in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. citing a lack of credibility and experience.

Rather than pitying a poor local artist. modern science fiction. quickly identifying a viable solution.(where I was an excellent student). I accepted a scholarship to study in Beijing. Frank has found creative ways to overcome obstacles. Frank was willing to do "whatever it took" to make Styler Systems succeed. On several challenging projects. In team meetings. Under Frank's direction. marketing and systems administration. My CEO. I consider the words of Michelangelo. through the ecstasy of writing. I helped to educate and feed the poor. In all areas of life. my personal blessings are of little value if I do not use them to help others. my passionate nature forces me to aim high. Frank created his department from the ground up. Frank Walters. Frank's commitment to service always surpasses our clients' highest expectations. I had to quickly master English. What better leader could anyone ask for? . I also know that he will generously share that success with those of us who have loyally supported his vision. During difficult times. Rather than being immobilized and angered by starvation. Frank assumed responsibility for sales. as well as his professional skills. Thankfully. but taking calculated risks to achieve an ambitious goal. To a lay person. but that it is too low and we reach it. Despite the formidable challenge. setting the standards for our products and handling all aspects of troubleshooting and quality control. He is equally comfortable talking to a corporate president and a cafeteria worker. it seems like Frank simply "knows" the answer. I am determined to produce my own masterpieces. I am committed to creating a bright future through entrepreneurship. According to Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice. is an excellent leader. Living with passion brings me great creative joy. I’ve made adaptability my guiding principle. and acting in a school play. when he is actually applying years of training and skill. I know that Styler Systems is his first priority and that he will do everything possible to help us succeed. “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it. On a personal level. mercy or compassion is “mightiest in the mightiest. For two years. Styler Systems has evolved into a profitable computer services firm in a rapidly consolidating industry. outgoing personality that immediately puts people at ease. While I cannot single-handedly change the world. I know that success in business doesn’t mean winning.” By embracing each day with an open heart and committed mind. independence my armor and courage my sword. Whenever I feel ill-prepared to accept a challenge. enjoying each moment of life's incredible journey. Within two years. I have developed an appreciation for his strong character. Frank was in there fighting. I am eager to help others find their own paths to a bright and satisfying future. Whenever possible. he was the cheerleader who kept us going.7 million to $23 million annually). starting a business. In addition to building my own personal and financial satisfaction. Frank is a quintessential "team player" who is always willing to help the people who work for him. I am committed to doing my part to share my success with those around me. Long after anyone else would have thrown in the towel.” Indeed. we have enjoyed continual expansion and revenue growth ($1. in which all of my classes would be taught. where he sets an example of efficiency and productivity. I was passionate to succeed. When one of us was faltering. Frank has a relaxed. Thanks in large part to Frank's diligence and creativity. He troubleshoots complicated situations with ease. historical novels and business periodicals. as was his perseverance. He also works "in the trenches" in the desktop department. Throughout difficult times. friends and homeland. he refused to give up. His enthusiasm was infectious. Since the company's startup in 1993. From the very first day we were in business. the compassion in my heart helps me to find a loving and practical solution to many of life's problems. Success often means risking. Frank listens carefully to his subordinates because he values their opinions. he knows that his people are his greatest asset. I immersed myself in classical literature. along with his heart and soul. What do you feel makes a person a good leader? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago. By employing these strengths. I was named Best Student of the Year on my college graduation day. Frank responds positively to suggestions and is always looking for ways to grow and mature. He invested his own money. to make his dream come true. I helped to sell her wares. he offers guidance and training to those who want to learn more. Thanks to my early professional success. failing and risking again. As his employee. In addition to leaving my family.

In my most significant leadership role. I was equally distraught by the subsequent investigation by local police. which builds buy-in from every member of the team. But I know better. When working with my actors. they aren't the only way to make a good film. A handful of critics said that "Bias" was the best documentary they had ever seen. I was determined to prove my critics wrong. Do we all agree to call this?” A murmur of “yes” and nodding heads bespoke Devon’s death on the cold metal gurney. His dried tears and horrific expression revealed the pain he suffered before his arrival. I directed the independent film "Bias" in just twelve weeks. Looking back. I intentionally played to each one's strengths. Yet my success was also due to my judicious use of a democratic management style. Devon's mother beat him to death in a fit of uncontrollable rage. but the last thing I expected to hear was the doctor's somber announcement. an adorable boy whose huge brown eyes were filled with unspeakable fear. Although I will never forget Devon's death in the Trauma Room. I reviewed all of my notes and was thoroughly prepared to document the tragic . but there was nothing to do. On my set. we often worked 20-hour days and socialized together at night. Amid the trauma room confusion. I created a supportive and nurturing environment with a common set of goals. “It’s 3:06 am. which honors the creative spirit. but received "best picture" nominations from Robert Redford's Sundance Festival and the Screen Actor's Guild. all energy was focused on 3-yearold Devon. people came first. Although the authoritative and coercive styles of leadership have their place. On the last day of shooting. If a scene wasn't working. Devon was a victim of child abuse who met his untimely death at the hands of the person who was supposed to love him unconditionally. At that moment. The best part of using an affiliative leadership style is that it promotes solid friendships. This is crucial in show business. By using an affiliative leadership style. I wanted desperately to save him. Maybe it was denial. and they ultimately helped to improve each other's performances. We all had a vested interest in each other's success. Acknowledging my youth and inexperience. The final product shows a wonderful synergy in all aspects of production. not strength.What do you feel makes a person a good leader? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Columbia University. From the second I received my funding. I changed it to fit the performer's needs. With our insane schedule. even bad ones. I could never have completed the film without the positive benefits of "group think. As the on-call nurse for three of Devon's previous admissions. Describe Your Most Difficult / Challenging Relationship This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia. With a limited budget and only two other films to my credit. few directors have the innate confidence to take such a bold approach. “Code blue! Code blue!” The emergency room doors blew open and a gurney whisked by. we accomplished our goals and enjoyed the most satisfying professional experience of our careers. surrounded by a sea of white lab coats. the crew offered their advice on aspects of production that I knew nothing about. My willingness to consider different perspectives lead to better decisions because it allowed me to choose from a wider range of possibilities. a good leader manages to bring out the best in his cast and crew under extremely rigid conditions. Sadly." By respecting each other’s opinions. To many. I praised original ideas. this was a huge challenge that was potentially beyond my reach. asking for help shows weakness. my deposition was crucial. because I knew they would eventually lead to creative solutions. my two narrators claimed that they had never had a better time on a film. In the entertainment business. I not only finished the movie on time. My editors praised my warmth and sensitivity. Sometimes a more democratic and "touchy feely" approach works best. I intentionally hired good people who would be generous with their expertise. Instead of nurturing and protecting her child. In filmmaking. During meetings. I did everything possible to keep my cast and crew motivated.

I am proud of my decision to take a stand. Granted.events. not my notes. I learned to be detailed and specific in my communication. my boss was willing to risk the long-term loss of our brand to achieve a short-term gain. as my documentation was more thorough than that of the attending physician. the case was resolved out of court. I had not only seen Devon during his earlier ER visits. Without solid leadership. the hospital decided to have their attorney testify at all legal proceedings. I refused to go along with the ruse. but I had followed his case throughout each subsequent hospitalization. when Devon's mother agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge. but that I was the first person to stand up to him. For liability reasons. Ironically. Describe Your Most Difficult / Challenging Relationship This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Dartmouth University (Tuck) and Columbia University. who I clearly could not trust. the difference in quality was noticeable enough to have damaged our reputation in the marketplace. Although the unethical substitution would have saved us nearly a million dollars. nor were we consulted about the decision. our morale suffered and our team dynamic disintegrated. I was honored to assume that role after his violent death. I was crushed by that decision. he was fired from the company within a year of the incident and I no longer had to report to him. despite his technical strengths. Sadly. At the last moment. In one case. honesty and doing my best for my company. I felt that several of my sacred values had been defiled. as a poor leader. I faced a difficult challenge at Ralph Lauren. My motivation was not to undermine the hospital's policy. Fortunately. and sent a copy of my concerns in a letter to the district attorney. but to obtain justice for the little boy. I also confirmed the significance of being ethically correct and fully accountable for my actions. I felt betrayed by my boss. This negative experience challenged everything I previously understood about teamwork. As a team leader. I work very hard to be the . the hospital has liability issues regarding everything that happens within it's walls and our attorneys are committed to protecting us. where my boss was an untrustworthy tyrant who motivated through fear. Ultimately. I was removed from the witness list and not allowed to testify. I later discovered that he had tried similar substitutions in the past. No one from the hospital was required to testify. But my oath as an RN to protect my patients supersedes any potential legal ramifications. Although my determination to testify on Devon's behalf ruffled some feathers at the hospital. and to leave no room for misinterpretation. I appealed the hospital's decision to the Vice-President of Human Resources. it was a clear violation of our original agreement with the buyer. however. he taught me several important lessons. I could offer valuable insight into his troubled relationship with his mother. He would read strictly from the doctor's charts. Poor Devon never had an advocate to protect him in life. Worse. Although I was comfortable with my decision to honor my conscience. I suffered the consequences for several months. Word of my "insubordination" had slowly trickled into the executive suite and prompted closer scrutiny of the tyrant's unethical practices. I endured the embarrassment of being the company's “scapegoat” when I defied his order to substitute a lower quality silk on an order to a top retailer.

Since college graduation.. After that day. they fall behind in the classroom and cannot catch up without remedial help. Describe Your Most Difficult / Challenging Relationship This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). Along with seven other volunteer coaches. I inspired a young girl to learn the piano. who reached the Final Four during the 1998 NCAA competition. I've pursued my love of the game as a volunteer coach for the University of California summer basketball camps. With a little luck. I had challenged her preconceptions about black people. Throughout my years on the court. I've learned to measure "success" in small doses. The girl looked at me in confusion. "Can I help you?" I asked... I could tell that she was struggling with the math problem. Knowing the critical role that a mentor can play in academic and personal success. my kids will come back someday and teach someone else the importance of education and success. I never met a fellow basketball player I didn't like." I clarified. I improved a boy's math grade from a D to a B and I taught another boy how to read. these achievements will lead to lasting goals. "With the math problem. I wish the committee had asked me to discuss my love of basketball. like passing a class. Their parents are usually too busy working to offer any type of emotional or educational support. In our overcrowded. I am determined to give my kids an opportunity to challenge the typical preconceptions about what "poor" kids can accomplish. I wanted to help. I also played for the University of Kansas Jayhawks. I solved the problem. We looked beyond our differences and became good friends. I have been a tutor for four years at Saturday Kid's Club. For the first time in my life. I am determined to help these kids fulfill their potential.. I've met many students who struggled with school and I have never wavered in my commitment to help them. and she now is preparing for her first recital. I was determined to do it again. Basketball provides a terrific physical challenge. After hearing me play. To her surprise. I work with a group of about 200 teens from around the state who share my love of the game. that help is hard to find. From the time I could carry the ball." She hesitantly gave me her paper and watched in silence as I worked. shooting hoops has been my passion. Superficially. at age fifteen. I played forward for my varsity high school team. the girl's whole attitude changed. My students come from overcrowded schools that lack the funding for computers. but I know better. I mean. Sitting across from my classmate. many people assume that educational gaps are a racial issue. Students of all races. from all communities. Although they vary in raw talent and individual skill. You can't help me.antithesis of my unethical former boss. an organization for underprivileged kids. Eventually. "My dad said black people are stupid. Every few seconds. "Let me try. Although I had never spoken to her before. Last spring. fail to succeed in school because education is not a priority in their homes. Nothing they see at home or in their neighborhoods suggests the possibility of a better life. along with the camaraderie of working on a team of like-minded players. I knew in my heart that I was going to make a difference in the world. she responded sternly. My goal is to provide support and direction . In a split second. Annoyed by my concern. I realized the satisfaction of helping someone. That's where I come in. Lacking role models. That's where volunteers can make a valuable difference in a child's life. In addition to excelling in my own classes. leading the state for total points and recoveries per game. Over the years. graduating from high school or enrolling in college. one step at a time. these are incredibly smart kids who never learned the value of education." I replied. I wish the Admissions Committee Had Asked Me. she looked up from her paper and chewed her nails in frustration.. In most cases. books or writing paper. they are determined to attain their personal best. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Chicago and Columbia University. More importantly. under funded schools.

I learned how my cold-air intake can increase my car's horsepower and how various modifications will improve its handling. When I couldn't find the information I needed from the Internet.100 property crimes. I was always fascinated by cars. capable driver. I wish the Admissions Committee Had Asked Me. My doctoral project at Yale University yielded a patent for "GeneTropy. In Illinois. coaching lets me be a part of the sport's next generation. Always a researcher. state and local law enforcement agencies have used the test to solve over 400 rapes and 6. In contrast. Our primary goal for 2004 is to get FDA approval for the over-the-counter distribution of the test. learning how to make small improvements to reduce stress. as GeneTropy makes a positive DNA match in just thirty minutes. From my perspective. when I got my first car. Since graduating from high school in 1995. compared to the minimal three-week period required by previous testing methodologies. federal. creating a useful guide for understanding and evaluating my vehicle. In partnership with the owner of the car shop. we have bought.. Although I may never earn my living as a mechanic. I searched dozens of "motor head" magazines to understand the functionality of each part of the engine. lucrative hobby and have become a more confident. the potential financial and psychological benefits to families in America are too important to ignore. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago. I compiled and catalogued the information. I wanted to understand the intricacies of my engine so I could modify the car and increase its performance. a 1968 Ford Mustang. I wish the board had asked me to discuss my technical expertise as a scientist and researcher. With each new case. I wish the committee asked me to discuss my passion for classic and vintage automobiles. becoming close friends with the shop's owner (also a Mustang enthusiast). including three on Death Row. I occasionally visited a local modification shop to learn about new products and engine designs. backlogs are usually so severe that the turnaround time can be five weeks or longer. I have published over 65 papers in the area of forensic science. we discovered that traditional lab-based tests cost over $650 and offer results in three weeks.. GeneTropy costs just $100..in a non-intimidating manner. our test has also been used to reverse the wrongful convictions of eleven prisoners. fixed up and re-sold eleven classic Mustangs for a considerable profit. Since GeneTropy's introduction. In addition to reviving my own love for basketball. provides reliable results in 24 hours and can be used in the privacy of a buyer's own home.... The burgeoning market for home-based paternity testing offers another revenue stream for GeneTropy that I am eager to explore. but my knowledge about mechanics was miniscule. over the past seven years." a home-based DNA analysis kit. I wish the Admissions Committee Had Asked Me.. I have developed a fun. I feel a profound sense of pride. I progressed to studying the Mustang's engine parts.. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Dartmouth University (Tuck).. Everything changed at age seventeen. seldom does science provide a more meaningful application than convicting a violent felon. pointing out problem areas and providing positive feedback for things they do well. I also coach players between drills. With our strong cooperative effort.. Like most boys. During our initial promotional work. the summer basketball camp is mutually rewarding for both the coaches and the players. The practical implications of the kit are enormous to law enforcement groups. My love for cars ultimately led to a lucrative small business. Political Activism This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and UCLA (Anderson). Of the five accredited labs in the United States. .

WJAR hosted readings in every . Although my adaptation wasn't ready for publication. Unlike the healthy discourse about the environment and women's rights. Writers & Journalists Against War. wrote letters to the newspaper and put a "No War" bumper sticker on my car. I took several small stabs at political activism. Eventually. signed antiwar petitions and contributed money to advertising campaigns that promoted peace. Compared to those in public service. I wrote a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune. As if eighty-six rejection letters weren't enough. North Carolina. Fortunately. I'm not going to stand on a bridge with a sign. Within a week.When I graduated from Rhode Island College in 1968. I ignored politics on the national. I wasn't the type to protest. I filed as a conscientious objector and received an honorable discharge a year later. during a prolonged period of peace. I watched with growing alarm as the government used our collective fear to justify militarism and civil rights abuses. I felt compelled to speak up. I joined the Libertarian Party. After the terrorist attacks of September 11. we'd had 86 readings in 5 countries and all 50 states. Consequently. I simply ask the questions of the current administration that I think Americans deserve to have answered. Although I had serious misgivings about the Vietnam War. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). we had built a website to advertise our plans and invited everyone we knew to the event. Unfortunately. During a particularly dark period. petitioning and giving a few dollars to the cause. Every Sunday since. Later. My first efforts were tentative. I reach a few thousand people with an alternative point of view two or three times a month. I attended rallies. Within 48 hours. which I was feared would lead to global warfare. then it becomes a big deal. I became disillusioned with government." So far. To be honest. For nearly a year. By March 3. When my country called. But I am happy to write a letter each week from my home office on the quiet coast of the Narragansett Bay. When Teresa Handler-Young (WJAR's local chairwoman) rehearsed the reading with me. The group was actively soliciting manuscripts about pacifism for presentation at a fundraiser. Unwilling to remain passive. something magical happened. I came to the anguished realization that war was impossible to justify. the threat of terrorism inspired a new kind of cold war mentality. I looked forward to a lucrative career in real estate. radio programs and TV news programs. While friends and family lauded a particular candidate's promises to champion their pet causes. People thought it was a great idea and forwarded the invitation to everyone they knew. Neither is correct. which were covered by major newspapers. My plans were delayed. we can change the country for the better. I offered to do a rough reading of the material at the next meeting. I fell into a pit of depression in December of 2001. at Fort Bragg. by the military draft notice I received just a week before graduation. the issues at stake were not particularly compelling or life-threatening. I'd been working on a screenplay adaptation of Josh Davis's book. everything changed. After that experience. As an unpublished author. many as editorials. 2003. thirty of my letters have been published. however. state and local level. I got an email from a fellow author who invited me to attend a meeting of WJAR. My boss calls me a political maverick. for more than 30 years. or walk door-to-door for a political candidate. I knew it my heart it was overly optimistic tripe. as we overcome the fear-based mentality of 9/11 and re-focus on the true meaning of democracy. I was appalled by the impending war in Iraq. which was later published in USA Today. scattered all over the country. my topics are not particularly profound. like many in my generation. I answered by enlisting in the army's officer candidate program. nothing felt like it was working. To honor my conscience. I was one of many baby boomers who abandoned our youthful idealism and stuck our heads in the sand when it came to saving the world. On the first anniversary of 9/11. But when I imagine there are thousands of others. while my wife likes to say I'm a rabble rouser. writing. I have written a piece for the local paper about our "progress" (or lack of it) in the "war on terror. We launched into a passionate conversation about our ideals that culminated in our joint commitment to do Later as a benefit for humanitarian aid in Iraq. WJAR chapters all over the country asked if they could do their own readings of Later to raise money. in which a group of Los Angeles mob girls denied their men sex until the guys laid down their guns. Political Activism This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. Nine months later. I am still the same person I was in 1969. magazines. my contribution is minimal. go to a rally.

including secondary media coverage. Political Activism This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg). Jerusalem and northern Iraq. creativity. my screenplay adaptation had struck a chord with pacifists across the globe. you can leverage big events and big crowds to get your message out in ways that have a disproportionately large impact. It remains. I later heard that there were secret readings in Korea. in the midst of tension. I dropped a pebble into the pond that weekend. Clearly. Greenpeace gave me its blessing. Participants needed to find a safe environment in which they could share their anti-war sentiments. For just $525." The most daunting task was selecting my actual "message. and participating in peace vigils. Discuss Your Two Best Personal Attributes . and rates had dropped to a relative bargain: $175 an hour. but that didn't bother me. Major advertisers ignored the medium because the coveted airspace over the stadium would be closed for security. I enjoyed the same exposure and association with the World Series as multi-million-dollar national advertisers.type of environment. we did not stop the war. Our little plane flew over several times throughout the final game. I called an aerial advertising company one week before the final game and discovered that there were still planes available. which were organized by anonymous members of the international press corps. was in the millions. and a small budget. Thanks to the Red Sox's historical win. By the fall of 2002. from living rooms and tiny community theatres to major venues with famous Hollywood stars. I was upset by our government's violent response to the attacks of September 11. Although I expressed my opposition by distributing posters at rallies. fear and powerlessness. writing letters to the editor. and people were outdoors everywhere. We even circled the stadium before the game. I needed to do more. as the numerous outdoor World Series exhibitions and parties provided captive audiences who would easily see my plane. The weather in Boston was beautiful. Ironically. early arrivals and gawkers. reaching many corporate tailgaters. contributing to Greenpeace. my greatest accomplishment." I liked this pragmatic. On a lark. and Duke University (Fuqua). so the sponsors of the effort could legitimately be described as "a small group of private citizens. so I booked the plane and added an American flag to the banner to emphasize the patriotism behind our message. fear and frustration. for a grand total of three hours. Fans from all over the country would be in Boston that week. Everyone who wrote to us afterward gave the same feedback. to this day. I asked several friends to contribute. The 2003 World Series games in Boston presented a unique chance to legitimize and broaden a then-controversial peace message at an all-American event. Greenpeace had launched a national ad campaign with the tag line "Let the Inspections Work. their reading of Later a powerful blessing. Obviously. although I promoted and organized the event." A week before the game. but we provided a megaphone for the worldwide voices of dissent. having faith that its ripples would go wherever they were needed. I'll never know how many people actually saw my message. Another benefit was that I remained personally anonymous. hopeful appeal and believed it was an appropriate message to promote at the World Series. the Bush Administration's "preemptive" invasion of Iraq had left me overwhelmed by feelings of outrage. 2001. A city like Boston was perfect for aerial advertising. I immediately sensed the value of this opportunity to spread my antiwar message. the news footage of my ad persisted for weeks. the potential audience. I wanted to help legitimize the peace movement for the American mainstream and perhaps nudge the public dialogue toward moderation and sanity. Like many Americans. My conclusion? With resourcefulness. They needed to make it clear to other nations that George Bush wasn't speaking for all Americans when he waged this un-winnable war. Thankfully.

and they refused to subsidize my education. I advertised my screensavers over the Internet and orders quickly poured in. I am always willing to put my money. From the first moment I laid eyes on a typewriter. 2) Memory. Without tenacity. Acknowledging the world of opportunities afforded by reading. time and reputation on the line for a cause in which I believe. a free mobile library that serves rural. My parents did not qualify for financial aid. I wanted to provide the gift of books to children who did not have ready access to a public library. I would fake a fever. The Learning Cove started on a shoestring budget and grew into a thriving. I challenged my memory skills by taking the most rigorous classes available. My father’s patient response was always the same: “You must give back to the community whatever blessings you have. Since early childhood. I am certain it will be a valuable asset in Harvard's rigorous MBA program. underprivileged children. Starting the program was a challenging experience that improved the lives of hundreds of rural children. I would never have graduated from college. along with my living expenses. My personal and professional success are chiefly attributable to my tenacious personality and my willingness to take risks. Armed with just my classroom experience and three hundred dollars. I completed my BS in four years by taking out student loans and by working full-time over summers and holidays. national and world events. miraculously attaining an overall GPA of 3. I am a realistic role model for women who question whether their professional dreams can come true. While my photographic memory is a unique gift. my commitment to humanitarian causes is directly attributable to my father. I am committed to continuing community service work throughout my life. I was determined to graduate with my class. I am living proof that with tenacity and a willingness to assume calculated risks. I made all types of excuses to avoid working at the soup kitchen on Sunday afternoons. I attribute my academic success mostly to my powerful memory. I delight in learning about new fields and keeping up with local. community enterprise. I am also a voracious reader.This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)." Although I didn't appreciate it as a child. Looking back. As a successful single mom. I knew I would be a writer. As a child. I frequently worked over 30 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters while simultaneously juggling a full-time course load. During my senior year. who thought I should "play it safe. I continually pumped all of my profits back into the business. I completed a dual major in history and government while tutoring dozens of students in the university help center. many of my best decisions were considered ill-advised by my well-meaning family and friends." A true risk-taker. headache or a homework emergency to dodge my family's fourhour shift in the pantry. consuming books on diverse subjects the way others consume water.75. While other . His altruism inspired my greatest achievement. running more ads and improving my site's position in the search engines. In my spare time. my firm continues to grow each year. Discuss Your Two Best Personal Attributes This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Florida. 1) Community Service Work. I volunteer at Odyssey House. Although friends dissuaded me from working so hard. I've been blessed with a photographic memory that affords immediate recall of most facts and figures presented in the classroom. I didn't understand until junior high school that my memory was a rare gift and should be cherished accordingly. I bore the sole burden for my tuition and fees. regardless of the personal sacrifices. Discuss Your Two Best Personal Attributes This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and Duke University (Fuqua). Despite the competitive nature of the software business. the Learning Cove. a shelter for abused women and children in the Dallas area. both to benefit others and to honor my father's fine example. Writing Skills. Despite an urgent financial crisis. For four stressful years. Since 1999. I decided to test my entrepreneurial spirit by opening a mail order business for computer software. anything is possible. Throughout high school and college. my daughter and I have survived strictly on the profits from my Internet business.

Describe a situation when you questioned your values and/or beliefs This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School the University of Michigan. I knew that defying the wishes of my fellow board members was a risk. In my mind. To the surprise of my fellow board members. They also rejected an offer from the Gates Foundation to update the software in the administrative offices. Looking back. including a charitable foundation. Describe a situation when you questioned your values and/or beliefs This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia. as residents began to attend meetings and present their thoughts to us. creating a synergistic blend of different strengths and skills. In my mind. At twenty-seven. they refused to lobby for millions of dollars in state funding for computers in the classroom. Although I was warmly welcomed to the board. Letters Unlimited has been profitable and is now my primary source of income. competing with peers from around the world. I have also participated in the annual Fiction Fest International Challenge. In 1998. They were willing to accept money from the Gates Foundation. the problem could only be solved through open communication. Although they paid lip service to the teachers and community members. they took direction from the taxpayers who paid their salaries. They demanded higher teacher salaries and computers in the classrooms. the community was willing to make intelligent compromises to provide the best possible education for our children. For the first time. a creative resume and cover letter illuminate a candidate's unique strengths and potential contribution to an employer. At the same time. Entrepreneurship. My short stories placed second nationally in the 1996 competition and third in 1997. I quickly discovered that their motivation and sincerity was questionable. who had never been privy to actual board discussions. In their mind. the board members cited our need to preserve "control" of the educational system. that's what a democracy is all about. Within three months. my role was simply to preserve the status quo and learn from their example. For the first time. By participating in collaborative writing workshops like Themestream and Fiction Fest. On several occasions. my fellow board members were held accountable for each decision that they made on the community's behalf. . I had an audience for my views besides the other four committee members. whose ideas did not represent those of the average citizen. I tapped away short stories on my mother's old Smith Corona. We share our vision of a concept. My passion for writing also inspired my entrepreneurial success. they refused to raise teacher salaries. I express my creativity in a nurturing environment of other student authors. community advocacy reached a fevered peak. rather than consider alternative ways to achieve our goals. but it was one I was willing to take. When I questioned these decisions. which creates resumes and cover letters for job seekers in my local community. Letters Unlimited. I was elected to a four-year term as a member of the Palm Beach County Municipal School Board. At that moment. When I write a great cover letter. was viewed with suspicion. My first step was to get our meetings televised on our local cable access channel. companies yearn to interview my client and discover his unique potential. I quickly discovered that my opinions were not valued by the other four board members. I opened all meetings to the public.kids played softball and collected Barbie dolls. even if it restricted us to Windows-based software. The board was clearly willing to let the students suffer. I saw myself as a "young turk" who would bring a new perspective to the town's problems. I am currently franchising the concept to other budding entrepreneurs throughout the United States. Since my freshman year in college. my victory was primarily psychological. Any money from an outside source. Rather than impose their own beliefs on the citizens. I am honored to use my natural talents as a writer and a businesswoman to help others achieve their professional dreams. Through savvy marketing techniques. More than a mere recitation of facts. The public needed to know about these issues and have a chance to respond to them. Since my sophomore year in college. Unfortunately.

“Courage. Without soliciting our input. did not permit me to violate my own sense of personal honor. we agreed to a satisfying compromise. Fortunately. As the project deadline drew closer. only a small number of calls from Briarwood posed any significant threat. many of the residents were elderly people who relied upon my unit in times of crisis.When one of my colleagues took an extended vacation. After all. Instead. Since management placed a high value on efficiency. At the time. The police escort would also provide a calming influence during difficult times. I was assured that his design was stable and needed only minor tweaking. Despite the potential danger. shouldn't I also be willing to accept responsibility for its problems? After some deliberation. I assumed my rightful credit for the design without playing the "blame game. As a result.” As a cadet officer at the Fort Riley Military Academy. Fortunately. these words empowered my actions and shaped the man I have become. I also made a conscious effort to take ownership of the project. I apprised my manager of the situation and its implications on the schedule of my other deliverables. Thankfully. I disagreed with my supervisor's decision. After working so hard to build project teams. Columbia University and the University of Michigan. I could not sacrifice my peer's reputation simply to promote my own. nor did it hurt my reputation as someone who delivered on time. I presented all of my deliverables on a single slide to ensure that the entire team understood my workload. I considered presenting myself as a victim: I could attribute the delay to the past owner's mistakes and position myself as the hard-working hero who could save the project at the last minute." Describe a situation when you questioned your values and/or beliefs This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. I was appalled by his rush to implement such a misguided . During our schedule roll-up meetings. by the time I broached the subject at our weekly staff meeting. Honor. The sheriff's department was overwhelmed by calls and couldn't possibly offer a competitive response time. but only with a police escort. no one resented the additional deployment of resources. In a dark moment. two of our men had been injured after a shooting and a third was badly burned trying to treat a drug addict who resisted arrest. My values were seriously tested in my work as an Emergency Medical Technician for Los Angeles County. although understandable. Clearly. In a two-week span. By accepting the project at face value. I feared that the project would have a negative impact on my performance review. I assumed the accompanying risks. the same principles of courage and honor continue to govern my life. My frustration. Conquer. Unfortunately. my schedule push-out didn’t come as a surprise. I discovered that this was not the case. I assumed the responsibility of carrying his design through release. I also needed to acknowledge my own role in the situation. which jeopardized the timely completion of my own projects. our well-being was a higher priority than that of the citizens in Briarwood. Despite the competing demands on my time. Furthermore. Although I understood my supervisor's concerns. my supervisor announced that our unit would no longer respond to calls in that area. if I was willing to accept credit for the design. By taking this position. I opted not to make the previous owner the scapegoat to further my own agenda. Although some of the design problems were trivial. We would still respond to calls from Briarwood. I couldn't refuse to respond to their calls. I quickly acknowledged that there was something very wrong with this line of thinking. he made a controversial decision. Referring the calls to them would seriously compromise the level of care that the patients received. After a series of violent incidences in the Briarwood subdivision. but would also strengthen my position on the design team. The officers could ensure our safety without delaying our response time by more than 80 to 90 seconds. I pondered how to explain my dilemma to senior management. which handled all unincorporated areas. suggesting fixes for its flaws without insulting the past owner's design. In fact. Any further calls from that area would be referred to the county sheriff's department. This rationale would not only enhance my performance review. I found myself investing more time on my colleague's design. I needed to resolve the situation in a manner that benefited the entire group. In all endeavors. others required a slew of simulations to fix. To my supervisor. I wasn't the only technician to have similar thoughts. During an hour-long brainstorming session. I never lose sight of my values or goals. when I started to work on the project.

Stifling my natural inclination to lead. I will bring the same skills to organize the collective work of my team and convey our message effectively. As an MBA student. Standing in front of an audience and personally answering their questions is more persuasive than any video. before I serve the salad. I'd like to think that I would have seen their potential for a novel use." In most of my long-term business relationships. others are not. knowing when to finish a job is just as important as doing it. creative thinkers have identified opportunities that others could not see. my clients depend on me to make improvements and to be alert to shifts in technology. I once used a restaurant analogy to explain the scope of my skills to a prospective client. I will utilize this confidence during our group presentation. planning and executing large projects. Although some are well-prepared and clear about their expectations. Surprisingly. By taking a synergistic approach. The prototype for our modern Frisbee was actually the pie tin from William Russell Frisbee's small pie company. I learned the power of an excellent speech in closing a sale. I build the room. light the candles and make sure the hot fudge on the ice cream isn't too hot. After all. After hearing my jokes.decision. Long before I ever made professional sales calls. unfold the chairs. I would also assimilate new perspectives from students of different cultural and professional backgrounds. A primary motivation to attend Harvard is its reputation for fostering such skills. I provide emergency assistance in harrowing situations in which most people would recoil. Throughout history. I also would lend my project management skills to ensure our timely completion. I will bring the same "full service" approach to my class participation. To deliver anything less is an insult to the citizens we work so diligently to serve. I tend to assume a leadership position in group situations. Yet not every project is open-ended. As an entrepreneur. Without hesitation. I would share my ideas on ways to take a fresh approach to our assignment. I have considerable experience organizing. Then. I would rely on my teammates to reign in my natural tendency to evaluate every angle of a project before taking action. Group discussions would also help me overcome my tendency to "over think" situations. My professional success hinges on my creative thinking: finding ways to stay ahead of the burgeoning technological curve that drives our economy. From my success as the owner of a "one man" web design. As an entrepreneur. my co-worker dared me to try my hand at standup comedy. allowing others to develop their own managerial skills. I embrace the opportunity to learn from others and to develop solutions based on collaborative strengths. The team environment will also enable me to overcome potential shortcomings. my team would inevitably include members who have a wealth of experience in areas very different from my own. From making sales calls. After delegating tasks to each participant. soup and entree. I have perfected theses skills by working on large projects that required the coordination of work from several freelancers. . What most people considered to be trash. video and photography business. I will also volunteer to be the moderator during our final presentation. I must carefully elicit the message he wants to promote. My work is not done until my client is completely satisfied. danger is an integral part of life as an EMT. I would assemble the pieces in a coherent manner that reflected the group's consensus. brochure or website. In group discussions. Discuss Your Approach to Team Building & Selection in Your MBA Classes This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). I was an excellent public speaker. we would generate a solution that reflected the best of our individual contributions. If I saw Frisbee's pie tins back in 1871. I apply my organizational and technical skills to deliver a product that accurately captures his vision. I would take a subordinate role on some aspects of the project. I occasionally receive a rolled-up wad of paper and a few loose photographs under the guise of "web site content. my clients have helped me to cultivate most of my skills in planning and organizing." To service an unfocused client. the audience responded so well that the club owner invited me back. My most significant contribution to the project will be creativity: my ability to breathe new life into an idea. which is an occupational hazard of providing "ongoing customer satisfaction. a few creative thinkers identified as a fun toy. Because Harvard attracts high caliber students from around the world. Ironically. My flexible management style enables me to handle diverse projects and work well with different types of people.

I am excited about the possibility of using my skills to advance the entrepreneurial plans of my fellow students at Wharton. My professional experience refutes such "traditional wisdom. . As a result. I acknowledge superior performance and give each member the opportunity to shine. conflicting agendas. I try to create teams with a high level of interdependence. As a result. I am able to recognize and use individual differences and cultural norms to motivate team members. As team leader. require clear guidance and structure to work on a multi-faceted project. I encourage the team to draw from their diverse perspectives to arrive at an effective solution. including creativity and cooperation. Whenever possible. Throughout my experiences. By building relationships based on respect and cooperation. By fostering an environment that promoted feedback and teamwork. To alleviate uncertainty. the possibilities for collaborative innovation are limitless." In the business community. operations. skills and experiences to the challenges at hand. I have a wealth of team building experience in which members have different nationalities. I schedule weekly meetings to discuss issues and acknowledge major milestones. Northwestern University (Kellogg) and Columbia University. As a result. the team members feel accountable for the success of the project and not just for their individual contributions. I am eager to merge my own skills with their collective experience on challenging class projects.Ironically. I pride myself on developing teams that are strong enough to handle the pressures of large egos. Working with a cross-functional team is challenging because of the limited viewpoint of each member. most accomplished people in their respective fields. With my strengths as an entrepreneur. For team members to achieve a common objective. my first objective is to define each person's responsibilities and to explain their inter-relationship. Once team members are committed to achieving a common goal. most undergraduate programs discourage collaboration. To improve our communication. external resistance and negative feedback. I help the team to develop and share a common vision. By implementing a clear and measurable set of objectives. I have championed several high performance teams at JP Morgan Chase and I plan to do the same at Wharton. I ensure that the best ideas are implemented and that my people are rewarded for innovative risk taking. Without exception. measures and rewards. depend on open communication. expectations and reward systems. From working in a multicultural organization. they must be willing to build ethical relationships in which all parties share their concerns and opinions. business and the law. all of the intangible strengths of a great team. Discuss Your Approach to Team Building & Selection in Your MBA Classes This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago. those who cooperate and share information enjoy the greatest success. To ensure successful results. I prepare a flowchart presentation that outlines each person's contribution. I develop and lead cross-functional teams to provide client solutions. By communicating effectively and drawing from diverse perspectives. which often include specialists in technology. My faculty and peers at Harvard will be the smartest. the team eagerly takes ownership of the project. A successful team must direct their collective energy to achieve a mutual objective. my team members bring diverse backgrounds. By design. Discuss Your Approach to Team Building & Selection in Your MBA Classes This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). styles. My team members. students view each other as competitors rather than as valuable sources of information. My second objective is to develop solutions to leverage the team’s strengths and weaknesses. I am passionate about creating an environment that nurtures these strengths. As the project leader. I actively seek members who can create new ideas through group interaction. and are confident that they have the unconditional support of their peers. I discovered that my managerial tools are only successful in an environment of honesty and trust. In traditional classrooms. As a relationship manager at JP Morgan Chase.

we paid back our loans and enjoyed the biggest market share in the area. My partner and I worked diligently to develop creative marketing and advertising techniques to attract new customers. By soliciting input from all members. Originally. at a time when the economy of the former USSR was undergoing major changes. Within the next year. Within a few months. I built camaraderie between members and increased their loyalty to the project. I completed a degree in accounting at Stanford University. loss was unimaginable. They would be masters in different fields. we stayed focused. My team for the Daily Bread came very close to this ideal. I received invaluable experience working in this newly established company that was trying to find its place in the emerging market economy. Why Our School? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Stanford University and Columbia University. Whenever possible. the Daily Bread team members complimented each other perfectly. Since the Daily Bread was a volunteer effort. I had 75 clients in addition to my full- . I enjoyed similar success when I opened a bar on the Black Sea coast. I also provided sincere public recognition for their good work. but possess enough knowledge of each other's areas to contribute to team discussions. My first business experience was as marketing manager for my father’s firm. After a month of hard (but enjoyable) work. our different approaches sparked a dynamic exchange of ideas. I discovered my passion for achievement during my childhood. By scheduling regular group events. assigning work that was meaningful to them as individuals. some were ready to rush out and try the proposed solution. At age 17. our bar became one of the most popular places in the area. the experienced guy (me) kept things in perspective. Despite my success. After I arrived in the U. we eventually agreed on the best solution. Because the Daily Bread was a charity effort. Each team member approached the solution differently. buy food in bulk and sell it at a nominal markup to retail customers. After a great start. and offering new product lines. My job was to merge our different styles and clarify our final vision. In addition to providing financial independence. My volunteers believed in our cause and worked passionately to make it a success. Texas. Our passion and commitment were boosted ten-fold when the management of the Daily Bread thanked us publicly on their web site. and opened my own tax consulting and accounting practice. rather than as the president’s son.” a charity that raises money for disadvantaged children in Dallas. I researched and implemented several creative sales techniques that were successful abroad. In addition to learning as much as possible about ice cream. we will earn even more money to support a worthy cause. we enjoyed increased sales and profits. With positive initial response to our new menu. I would choose highly dedicated members to achieve a common vision. we plan to re-invest our profits in a new location. We developed a relaxing climate that inspired direct and open communication. Our successful experience with the Daily Bread inspired my team to tackle challenging new projects. The firm quickly became one of the major suppliers for marine ports on the Black Sea coast with tremendous growth potential. and the only one allowed to remain open after 1 a.. Ultimately. I've discovered that people do a better job when they believe in what they do. we had to negotiate a revised sales plan to compensate for an unexpected drop in volume. Our idea was simple. Ideally. passed the CPA exam. but through mutual trust and respect. As team leader. I flexed my entrepreneurial muscle by opening an ice cream business with a few friends. but new in the Ukraine. In any profession. fulfilling my goal of financial independence. I considered each person's intrinsic motivation. finding suppliers. I yearned to prove myself as an individual. education is paramount. Two years later. our goals were perfectly aligned with our responsibilities. While young blood brought high energy to the group. which kept their spirits high.m. we disagreed on the correct solution.S. Within three years. while others were more cautious. I worked closely with each member to generate several potential solutions and their inherent risks. By harnessing the power of our shared talents. others were more realistic.I faced a challenging team-building exercise when I worked for the "Daily Bread. My primary responsibilities were developing new clients. in a three-member team. my first business experiences taught me that entrepreneurial success is impossible without knowing the basics. While some were dreamers. which eliminated several high-risk proposals. Like most entrepreneurs. In maturity and professional backgrounds.

in which I hope to eventually assume a leadership role. Stanford graduates currently lead several Fortune 500 companies. philanthropy and public management makes it a perfect fit for my entrepreneurial. political and humanitarian goals.time work at Fleet Financial Group. but because his managing director does not know his name. By juggling both responsibilities. In addition to my entrepreneurial pursuits. my firm unsuccessfully tried to sell a similar system. While Professor Clarke’s company calculates risk management based on mathematical models. Clarke's financial engines gives me the confidence that my training at Stanford will open my mind to new thought processes and avenues for success. I am eager to re-connect with Dr. These operational inefficiencies. Ideally. and management to build and develop successful businesses in the 21st century. Stanford's commitment to community enrichment is also a good match for my goals and interests. Seminars like “Borderless Giving a Success” will help me to start thinking creatively towards solving social problems across the globe. I have observed several cases in which a neglectful corporate culture has caused excessive employee turnover. our system used artificial intelligence to make predictions. where I can better utilize our most sacred resource: our people. I am eager to learn the intricacies of global business transactions from the distinguished international faculty and diverse student body. I yearn to broaden my focus and work in an environment that balances my role as technical visionary with that of manager. the bank will later spend six months and nearly ten thousand dollars to replace a valued employee who simply needed a more nurturing work environment. where I was quickly promoted to Manager of Domestic Taxation.com. In my mind. While completing my BS at Stanford. Faulkner's prior experience in the Ukraine market (and his encouragement that I pursue an MBA). I must have a comprehensive background in all aspects of business. also have a devastating . I worked closely with Professor Harold Faulkner. an analyst rarely leaves for additional money. From my experience. Over the years. Stanford's focus on social leadership. While in business school. With Dr. Yet I am most impressed by www. Why Our School? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. To succeed as an entrepreneur in an emerging or developing market. In my work as a Deputy Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Deutsche Bank. Faulkner and explore a potential joint venture in eastern Europe. in which accounting comprises the foundation. This year's topic. a successful business enterprise is a building. I have volunteered in several social and charitable organizations. My long-term goal is to advance to a leadership position in the financial services industry.HumanityFinancial. which was founded by Stanford Professor (and Nobel Prize Laureate) Horatio Clarke. I need formal training in finance and management with a global perspective. I can't imagine a better place to learn the fundamentals than Stanford. Certificates like PMP (Public Management Program) will be ideal preparation for my long-term political career. In addition to providing a solid academic foundation. I never lost track of my long-term goal of running my own financial company. I grew to understand the financial structures of different businesses and the needs of a diverse group of clients. including behemoths like Cisco and Hewlett Packard. while initiatives like PMI (Public Management Initiative) will help me to apply my business skills in the social world. former CEO of Applied Materials. but flexible enough to take advantage of positive regulatory winds. communicator and teammate. “The Double Bottom Line: Promoting Profits and Public Service” is an ideal match for my plan to open a social enterprise. the company’s structure will be strong enough to absorb market shocks. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). which dramatically increase costs. To succeed as an entrepreneur. Ironically. I am certain that I can develop a program at Stanford that is an exceptional fit for my background and interests. Three years ago. the MBA program will show me how to use my synergistic skills in accounting. law. The success of Dr. His flawless implementation of the mathematical model to manage 401K accounts is unsurpassed in the financial world. During this time.

modeling and managing uncertainty.S. these simulated problems with real-time financial and economic data are essential to . Columbia Business School is my first choice for my business education. As Deputy COO. business school will accelerate my career progression by providing a solid background in all aspects of management. Through significant client interaction. including their strategic planning initiatives. where I can deepen my product knowledge and establish credibility in the industry. Through a combination of classes. I am particularly attracted to Columbia's world-class reputation and demonstrated commitment to financial research. I execute management decisions that impact the lives of thousands of employees across all frontoffice and back-office functions. In 2003. workshops and teambuilding exercises. With my interest in finance. where I developed a solid background in finance and analytical modeling. Although I enjoy my work as Deputy COO. For a variety of reasons. which requires a rare combination of analytical skills and interpersonal strengths. Both boutique investment banks offered smaller deal teams than larger competitors. I hope to provide executive leadership to a financial management and advisory firm that competes in global markets. has been exceptional preparation for my long-term career goal. I will hone my financial skills and learn how to apply my knowledge in challenging business situations. Investment Banking. My career path thus far has provided a unique perspective of the industry's many challenges and opportunities. I worked for three years as a mergers and acquisitions analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at both Wasserstein Perella and Lazard. In addition to developing my skills in finance. the time is right for me to pursue an MBA. Columbia's use of real-world market data systems and analytical tools will enhance my decision-making skills through optimization. marketing.impact on employee morale. Eventually. which allowed me to handle transactions from start to finish. Rather than continue at Deutsche Bank. In this capacity. strategic planning and information technology. My demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships suggests that I am an excellent fit for a leadership position in our industry. With my goal of leading a financial services firm. I gained valuable insight into the motivation for financial services mergers and the analytical justification behind them. I will help clients coordinate their financial and business strategies with their risk tolerance at all levels of the organization. After completing my MBA. which broadened my understanding of the daily operations of a financial services firm. This daily exposure to the inner workings of one of the world’s largest financial services organizations. After completing my bachelor's degree in 1999. I plan to join the deal execution group of a financial services company. I accepted an opportunity to work under the COO of Deutsche Bank U. the position will end in the summer of 2005.

offers valuable opportunities to network with seasoned professionals in the field. As I prepare for a career in financial law. Columbia will enhance my managerial and problem solving skills. Other core and elective courses. I can discuss leadership issues with Professor Feiner and gain insight from Susan Balloch about her experiences as Co-COO of investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston. Columbia offers a rich environment to evaluate business situations from an international perspective. The benefits to the students are immeasurable. Why Our School? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Chicago. Top Management Processes and Negotiation. I will be well-prepared to take a leadership role in the Investment Banking Club. along with numerous government centers and cultural hubs in the center of the city. Columbia's close proximity to global banks. like-minded professionals. I noted the close proximity of the Chicago Board of Trade. While I pursue my coursework in torts and contracts. insurance companies and financial firms. the head of McKinsey’s consulting activities for financial institutions. the JD / MBA program at the University of Chicago is an ideal place for me. Exposure to a government agency at this stage of my life will provide a solid foundation for my eventual career. The school’s location on the Magnificent Mile offers a unique perspective of the challenges and opportunities in the volatile commodities market. . allowing me to meet the changing demands of a global marketplace. top leaders use a rare combination of analytical and interpersonal strengths to retain the best people and provide impeccable customer service. where I can mentor classmates who have an interest in the field. I am eager to develop these skills in an community of talented. By utilizing the Executives in Residence program. With its commitment to creative thinking and hands-on learning. During my campus tour. I will be conversant in all aspects of financial management and forensic accounting. I can compete for an internship at the IMF or Chicago Board of Trade. whose insights into the management challenges facing financial services companies are highly significant to me. I also hope to draw from the experiences of Donald Waite. The Metro stop on campus makes this entire world easily accessible. With its diverse. Northwestern University and Case Western University. What better place to begin my career? As one of the few top universities to offer a dual JD / MBA program. where global decisions are made each day. Upon graduation. My close interaction with top management at Deutsche Bank. highly motivated student body. improper accounting and SEC violations.my learning experience. will allow me to develop the "softer" skills of management. I was also impressed by the vibrant international feel of the campus and surrounding metropolitan area. With my own expertise in the financial services industry. has taught me that the cornerstone of the financial services industry is relationships. along with the major stock. coupled with my experience as an analyst at Lazard and Wasserstein Perella. Chicago acknowledges the need to provide comprehensive training to candidates with career aspirations in financial law. bond and commodity exchanges. including Leadership. I am eager to work on collaborative team projects with other talented students from across the globe. and will be qualified to investigate cases of investor fraud.

I was impressed by the first-class facilities and demonstrated commitment to graduate teaching. who have cited their satisfaction with their classes. I became General Manager for Tropical Gardens. I later discovered that her reservations were due to her budding relationship with one of our suppliers. Rather than lead me on. Through the local Big Brothers program. we enjoyed working together in a family business that we hoped would eventually be passed on to our children. After my experience at Tropical Gardens. With mixed emotions. internships and campus life. which has an excellent reputation for its community education program for the self-employed. during that time. I sadly concluded that such a small company could not thrive with all of us trying to co-exist together. professors. I located a similar position with Sunkist Foods in San Francisco. a non-profit agency that locates funding for viable student businesses. Following graduation. Several of my colleagues at JP Morgan are Chicago alumni. Everything changed in the spring of 2003. the students in my International Policy class lingered for . Armed with an exceptional education from Chicago. her "uncertainty" morphed into a realization that she preferred to sever our relationship. Chicago offers an unparalleled opportunity to work in these areas and to share my expertise with a new generation of talented kids. a $25 billion dollar natural produce business that supplies fresh fruit and organic vegetables to restaurants and food service institutions in northern California. I can also continue my volunteer work as a mentor for teenaged boys with special needs.My final motivating factor to attend the University of Chicago is its unparalleled reputation in the academic. who coordinated the firm's public relations work. I hope to work in this area. I will be well prepared to keep abreast of the rapidly-evolving technology that is used to solve white collar crimes. I am extremely reluctant to risk losing another excellent job to the whims of romance. she opted to defer our marriage plans to explore another romantic relationship. Looking back. Over a period of three weeks. Chicago's business and legal community will offer intriguing challenges for my skills in business law. my fiancee's father (the president of our firm) never took sides or demanded my resignation. Fortunately. the area struggles to attract and retain qualified candidates who specialize in forensic accounting. For several years. Yet I learned a painful lesson in not mixing business with pleasure. I was personally and professionally crushed. 2001. Addendum to Explain a Job Loss This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago. After I graduate. In early 2000. Whatever the future holds. While in Chicago. where I assist with SEC investigations. when my fiancee had second thoughts about our impending marriage. I am also excited about the opportunity to pursue relevant volunteer activities on the Chicago campus. business and political communities. I will lend my support to the local chapter of Fast Start. I will think long and hard before I become romantically involved with a colleague. With its large concentration of publicly-held companies. On the afternoon of September 11. I submitted my resignation in August of 2003 and stayed onboard long enough to train my replacement. he continually praised me for doing a commendable job under increasingly stressful circumstances. Addendum to Explain a Job Loss This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and New York University (Stern). I became engaged to the owner's daughter. I am grateful for my professional success at Tropical Gardens and for the mature way in which I handled a difficult situation. To his credit. In fact. I have also enjoyed considerable success mentoring high school students who are eager to pursue an entrepreneurial career. I am eager to take my place in this vibrant intellectual community. Needless to say. I have worked as an advisor to the Lexington chapter of Entrepreneurial Kids. During my visit to the school. For almost three years. In early 1998. Yet I found it impossible to ignore the strained relationships in the office.

I opted to be a stay-at-home mom. college campuses and women's groups in the city. expertise and money. I gave birth to my daughter Emily in 1999. The point became moot by December. Throughout my year in Jordan. I traveled to the American embassy in Jordan to teach Arabic to thirty US government employees. local mothers lacked convenient access to counseling. I was in no position to protect my job. During my time off. Located sixty miles from the nearest major city (San Francisco). I acknowledged the need for a pregnancy resource center for other young women in the Warren area. I was also taunted by profanity and told to "burn in hell. Although I started Madonna & Child Ltd as a volunteer resource. I questioned my decision to remain in the United States. through a grant from the State Department. We provide a comprehensive array of services (GED classes. we now have 46 volunteers and over 500 new mothers participating in the program. originally from Palestine. As I plan my future and set new goals. who were primarily Arab-Americans. I hoped to do my part to confront the hostility and prevent others from being victimized. and for their own safety on campus. losing my faculty position gave me a once-in-a-lifetime chance to serve my country. I re-committed myself to a legal career and recovered from the shock of the discrimination I faced in America. I had lived for nearly twelve years in the United States without enduring a single incident of discrimination. overseeing all aspects of . rather. I am proud to have made a difference in my own unique way. My commitment to the group enables me to enrich the lives of young women and their children in a unique manner. As an Assistant Professor at the university. I raised awareness for the program by making presentations at high schools. Originally. I am honored to serve my country in any way possible. instruction in baby care. Madonna & Child Ltd developed a great reputation around the city. Everything changed after September 11. After five years of marriage. My students. who were generous with their time. Inc. job hunting skills. students and peers. non-judgmental environment. In January of 2002. she wept quietly in the corner of the room. my reception in Jordan was significantly friendlier than that on the Yale campus. my husband's income as a prosecutor was enough to cover our expenses for my one-year sabbatical. nutrition classes. Acknowledging the importance of my baby's first year. well-baby care. I was horrified by these acts of aggression toward my friends. my efforts could not stop the misdirected hostility of shell-shocked students. It was my honor and responsibility as an American. without tenure. but I had a last minute change of heart. Our program provides free and low cost services to all mothers in the Warren / Barrington area. Considering the immediate need for soldiers and government workers with a cultural understanding of the Arabic culture and languages. I also solicited donations from local businesses. I started Madonna & Child Ltd to address these needs. I have served as the company's president and CEO. They expressed concerns about retaliation against their family and friends in the Middle East. For several weeks. Yet. My students in Jordan understood that patriots come in all races and wear all styles of clothing. Although I am proud of my Arab heritage. I considered the administration's explanation to be disingenuous. the situation was a direct result of "decreased interest" in International Policy classes on campus. spoke with fear and sadness about the day's events. Ironically. had been called a murderer by another girl in her sorority. I love being an American and I am committed to preventing further acts of terrorism. and to provide a friendly face during a stressful time.nearly an hour after our formal session was over." Needless to say. After a slow start. As an Arab-American woman. After four years of continuous growth. Thankfully. I was honored to educate others about my native language and culture. By the end of the day. anger management classes.. Addendum to Explain a Job Loss This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: UCLA and the University of California Berkeley. it soon became my professional calling. etc) in a supportive. Thankfully. Since 1998. My student's humiliating assault was entrenched in my mind as I tried to comfort other Sikh students on campus. I embraced my future with an optimism and clarity I never dreamed possible. The dean stressed that my performance was not the issue. when the university opted not to renew my annual teaching contract. I intended to return to my position at Quaker Oats. One student. infant and toddler play groups and basic lactation support. Still shaken with emotion. When I returned to the United States. Unfortunately.

I frequently recommend his books to clients who are inspired by his hope for world peace. birth control. who retired from the NBA after he was diagnosed with HIV/ AIDS in 1991. I want to learn how he remains emotionally healthy during times of public disgrace and financial hardship. Mr. I would like to be a similar inspiration to others. If you could pick three guests for a formal dinner. My final dining partner would be Donald Trump. Trump has made and lost billions of dollars over the past twenty years. As I pursue my own quest for spiritual fulfillment. After completing my MBA. to survive hard times with optimism . In the subsequent fourteen years. Through creative financing and partnerships. she abandoned the wealth of her native homeland to live among the poor citizens of rural India.administration and management. All three of my dinner guests offer a living example of using God's will to enhance humanity. I relish his insights on current economic issues. "The Donald" always manages to salvage victory from failure. whose his unique leadership and initiative revitalized the bankrupt Chrysler Corporation and increased its market value by $100 billion. fathered two healthy children and established the largest foundation to lead and direct international AIDS research. I would discuss business strategy with Lee Iacocca. Although I am not Buddhist. I'd like to discuss his interpretation of the Bible and why he remains so conservative in an increasingly liberal world. Due to the financial upheaval in New York real estate. I would assemble three highly visible and inspirational examples to discuss their amazing turnarounds and how they achieved them. I'd like to discuss how I can promote spirituality in my everyday life. Pope John Paul and the Dalai Llama. As the leader of the Catholic Church and the authority on religious doctrine throughout the Christian world. Many disagree with the Pope's militant stance on contemporary issues such as abortion. I plan to pursue similar opportunities in the public sector. I would dine with three contemporary spiritual leaders who provide comfort and inspiration worldwide: Mother Theresa. I want to develop similar perseverance. I believe the strongest leaders are those who recover from devastating setbacks and resume their quest to fulfill their dreams. who would they be and why would you choose them? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago. Mother Theresa inspires me because of the selfless manner in which she chose to eradicate hunger. In my work as a counselor. Mother Theresa suffered greatly in her quest to provide food and proper medical care to millions of lonely. The Dalai Llama is one of the greatest philosophical minds of the 20th century and the most prolific author in the Eastern world. long after his competitors have given up. Magic could teach me what it means to overcome adversity and transform a profound personal tragedy into a motivating example for others. If you could pick three guests for a formal dinner. along with his advice for others who face obstacles on their road to international success. I'd like to understand why she chose such an austere path and how she persevered throughout decades of poverty and strife. whose financial successes and failures made headlines in publications as diverse as Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly. An educated woman. Magic married. gay rights and women's role in the clergy. who would they be and why would you choose them? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan). Pope John Paul is arguably the most powerful man on earth. My first choice is Magic Johnson. forgotten souls. I want to learn how he maintained his commitment to humanity during the bleak days of his illness. His philosophy of living life to the fullest and making positive use of negative emotions resonates deeply within me on a personal level.

Brown celebrates the single-gal lifestyle. who understand that the only true failure is giving up. who would they be and why would you choose them? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Chicago and Northwestern University (Kellogg). A dinner with them will enable me to interact with true winners. In virtually every situation. I often pepper our casual conversation with funny associations and lighthearted quips. both for fun and to cheer myself up on nights when the Yankee lost. Helen Gurley Brown. I'm also blessed with the ability to recount past experiences in a way that preserves the original hilarity. Ms. So many people are surprised to discover that I have a wicked sense of humor. providing instant satisfaction for myself and everyone around me. I'd like to brainstorm with Ms. the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 25 years. who is known for marathon ideation sessions with her junior staff. On Fridays. Ms.and grace. Stewart emphasizes the importance of home and hearth in maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Over a three-course meal. How does she decide whether or not to make a violent movie? What are her personal values regarding pornography. whose diverse product lines appeal to vastly different consumer groups. I became a semi-regular. All of these men exemplify tenacity and perseverance in the face of very public failures. They collectively possess more knowledge than I ever hope to assimilate. which is arguably one of the saddest professions imaginable. when women were limited to positions in the secretarial pool. My final guest is Sherre Lansing. While Ms. my friends encouraged me to share my raucous comedy at our all-time favorite spot. After three years. I would dine with professional mentors who could describe how they managed to succeed in a traditionally male world. Several years ago. Lansing actually has the power to change society. I'm certain we would both learn a lot about our respective generations. When surrounded by friends. and I am always an enthusiastic volunteer. proved that a female CEO can be strong and feminine at the same time. Although nothing will ever be funny about death. What Would Most Surprise People About You? . I'd like to discuss brand management with Martha. I've learned the value of a smile and a warm gesture during life's desperate moments. the NYC Improv in Greenwich Village. dynamic woman who have succeeded in a man's world. a common bond that we all can enjoy every minute that we are alive. Standup comedy also helps my performance at work. My job as a mortician is decidedly serious. I love to make people laugh. Brown. few clients (living or dead) visit my office in a positive state of mind. Although I can't claim to match wits with the cast members. I'd like to hear her "war stories" about her early days in publishing. If you could pick three guests for a formal dinner. I also appreciate the necessity of genuine laughter. I would ask her several questions about the entertainment business in the twenty-first century. As a fledgling female entrepreneur. graphic violence and changing societal mores? What advice would she give to young women just starting out in the business? My three dinner companions are all successful. maintaining my sense of humor is essential to my ability to provide excellent service on a daily basis. the cast members invite audience members on stage to participate in acts with them. By controlling our entertainment choices. who has the final say in which movies are made in Hollywood. I hold my own. My greatest challenge at dinner would be to retain all the nuggets of wisdom they would collectively offer. Martha Stewart is a one-woman cottage industry who turned a flair for decorating into a multimedia conglomerate. I've learned how to relax under difficult circumstances and cheer up the family and friends of deceased clients. What Would Most Surprise People About You? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and the University of Chicago. the head of Columbia Pictures.

managing my time was tougher. Unwilling to wait for the symptoms to subside. I was still the same hardworking student. someone even encouraged me to spurt. I discovered that the experts didn't seem to fully understand Bell's Palsy. dehydration or exhaustion. In private moments. I did not appreciate the enormity of my success. I found it difficult to increase pace due to the mass of runners in front of me. Thanks to the Boston Marathon. Yet I embraced the training with gusto. When my condition failed to improve over time. There was no known cure. My confidence soared by successfully competing head-tohead with many well-known athletes and runners. who approved the drug. Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan). A typical training regime required an aggressive eighteen-week period and a minimum of four days a week: a high commitment. I also reaped the benefits of planning. To juggle my dual commitments of work and running. I was stricken with Bell's Palsy.This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. dedicated athlete. Forced to slow down. During my senior year in high school. developing organizational skills I continue to practice today. On a dare from my boss. I lost all voluntary control of the right side of my face and all feeling in my right arm. With just four weeks to go. These sudden physical changes were traumatic. Surprisingly enough. yet the emotional consequences were equally compelling. The crowd's good-natured support erased any concerns about my injury or knee pain. With the aid of the medication. I was the spokesperson for Loreal Cosmetics. my participation was actually something of a whim. loyal friend and son. training and pursuing a seemingly unattainable goal. At the time. My family doctor had only limited information on Bell's Palsy and no guaranteed treatment regimen. Before my illness. Although the physical training was tough (due to an old athletic injury). I wondered if I would ever be my "old self" again. I am an accomplished woman who approaches all tasks with enthusiasm. which stretched my organizational skills to the limit. Many of my fellow runners had fallen back or dropped out of the race. Most of my peers do not know that my compassionate personality is a result of surviving a life-threatening illness. I ignored my reflection in the mirror and developed my inner strengths. I investigated the disease on my own. my left knee was also beginning to trouble me at these longer distances. My knee injury took months to heal and I was physically exhausted for weeks. After my symptoms emerged. I covered my knee in pain-relieving gel and walked to the starting point. whose quizzical looks were . which required travel to both France and London. friends looked at me differently and were obviously uncomfortable. I honestly did not know whether to laugh or cry. My professional commitments were as intense as my running schedule. Prior to the race. I became unbearably self-conscious and withdrawn. At the time. My illness forced me to mature and rely on an internal compass that I didn't know existed. sidelined by injuries. Despite my illness. I ran four miles every day. Not bad for something I did on a whim! What Would Most Surprise People About You? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). I also developed a tolerance for strangers. I recovered fully within several weeks. yet I was determined to cross the finish line. I decided to enter the race. With about three miles to go. but I was not in the same league as those who competed internationally. As I perused the medical literature. Unfortunately. I placed tenth in the 1999 Boston Marathon. I became less focused on external appearances and more appreciative of people's feelings and inner beauty. confidence and dedication. I demonstrated patience and perseverance by continuing to attend school. After the first twelve miles. I was an excellent student and the popular captain of the football team. I could run twenty miles. Although my tenth place finish didn't lead to product endorsements or national television interviews. gradually building my strength and increasing my distances. the pain was excruciating. I presented with my findings to my neurologist. I continued my normal routine and tried not to get depressed by the reaction of strangers. My depression eventually lifted with help from my family and close friends. I contained the pain in my knee and continued to run at a comfortable pace. A dedicated athlete. As I crossed the finish line in a rush of adrenaline and sweat. yet I found information about a new drug that hastened the recovery. it changed my life. Within a few days. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Northwestern University (Kellogg). Throughout my ordeal. On the day of the race. I became a master of efficiency.

planned a successful reorganization of commercial and residential facilities to accommodate the needs of a newly formed unit consisting of 2. Anderson Construction Company.S. Army. West Point. JACOB L. Bachelor of Science. two weeks ahead of schedule and a high-quality product. '92 to Nov.S. Resume: Applicant with a Military Background This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Virginia. Army. August 2002 U. responsible for the utilization and maintenance of over $45M worth of heavy engineer equipment and mobile bridging. Army Corps of Engineers. Responsible for developing long-range construction programs. (March '95 to May '97) Support Platoon Leader. .com EDUCATION Ohio Tech University. Captain. (China). mess and supply operations of a 180-man combat engineer company deployed in the Republic of China. '93 to May '94) Platoon Leader. Approved monthly fund distributions. Heavy weapons training officer responsible for running integrated multi-weapon live firing exercises. U. Superintendent of a 92-unit. Completed a 198-unit. (China). (Dec. I teach a class in Time & Motion Study to Junior level engineering majors. Ohio Tech University. $22M. Unit explosives officer responsible for training and safety on live explosive ranges and missions. (Nov. '99) Facility Engineer. I will retain the lessons I learned from the experience for my entire life.not evil or judgmental. Responsible for the maintenance. (May '97 to Nov. Engineering. WIDENER 98 Tanglewood Road Warren. OH 44221 (555) 555-5555 E-Mail: JWide98@xxx.4M square feet of existing facilities. $20M condominium complex. training. Finance Department. Military Academy. Responsible for all facets of construction including scheduling. May 1992 EXPERIENCE Construction Superintendent. (May '94 to March '95) Company Executive Officer. utilization and maintenance of over 3. reviewing plans and specifications for all new construction. Won a Maintenance Excellence Award. emphasis in time management systems. '93) HONORS AND ACTIVITIES Teaching Assistant. Masters in Industrial Engineering. condominium complex in 28 weeks (from ground breaking to completion).S. U. 8th Engineer Bn. Developed and gained approval for a construction program involving over $60M worth of new construction. U. Developed and implemented a maintenance program which led to a 13% increase in on-line operating time. Supervisor of 45 soldiers. 2nd Engineer Bn.S. Army.S. 2nd Engineer Bn. The project was under budget. Responsible for maintaining the combat readiness of a platoon of 42 construction and demolition specialists in the Republic of China. Although I recovered from Bell's Palsy after five difficult weeks. coordinating and supervising the work of all subcontractors.100 soldiers. but simply an indication of their own lack of understanding. and the allocation. U.

P.00 Graduated in December 2000 President.S. in major: 3. then altered program to represent future technological innovations and evaluated the expected effects COMPUTER SKILLS SIMAN Simulation Programming LINDO Linear Programming STORM Software Package PASCAL WORK EXPERIENCE Operations Management RESEARCH ASSISTANT August 1999. CARTER Local Address: 92 Smith Street.P. facility layout and capacity planning problems using past history of companies SIMULATION OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES Individual project Designed computer program to simulate present sorting production line at U. Post Office in New Haven.S. U.com Permanent Address: 435 Wilson Avenue Chicago. Army Engineer School. Emphasis in Operations Management G. ISABELLA Z. CT 02885 (213)-555-5555 EDUCATION YALE UNIVERSITY B. G. 1993-1994 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges SIGNIFICANT COURSEWORK MATERIALS MANAGEMENT In-company project Analyzed inventory control consequences of a paper machine for the Weist Company FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Case study Analyzed facility location.May 2001 Acquired and outlined research material on Computer Design in Manufacturing Evaluated books from student's perspective to aid in Professor Wood's textbook writing Graded homework and quizzes for computer simulation class Yale University Research Support Center LIBRARY AIDE May 2001 -Present Helped patrons use business indexes and reference guides The Bagel Dome Lotus/Symphony Minitab Microsoft Word WordPerfect E-Mail: ICar@xxx.IL 60063 (613).98/4. Women's Business Network.A overall: 3.Licensed Professional Engineer (Ohio -Mechanical).A. in Quantitative Business Analysis. Distinguished graduate. Resume: Applicant is a Computer Specialist This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University. Yale University.75/4. #6 New Haven.00.555-5555 .S.

international and domestic distribution. Miami. saving 20%. Miami. generate monthly inventory level.8M. Sales/Marketing Services Supervisor. Implement and manage new order entry system to accommodate $90M annual sales volume. FL (2000 -2001) Direct and manage staff of three handling marketing operations. * Annual budget preparation and monthly comparison reports and forecasts. location and bad-order reports. Lancaster. * Consolidation of eight companies with 2000 revenues of $738M and gross profits of $92. special studies and analysis as required. Corporate Headquarters.com WORK EXPERIENCE: 1999 -Present UNIVERSAL CHEMICAL COMPANY Home: (555) 555-5555 Work: (555) 555-5555 International Financial Coordinator. * Eliminate un-reconciled inventories backlogged for over two years. Present sales/marketing proposals to prospective pipeline companies. implement and manage reporting system for senior management identifying all badorder domestic products. completed project independently in less than one year. Perform economic lease/purchase evaluations of contract proposals.SALES ASSISTANT July 2001 -Present Handled money and communicated with the public when selling bakery products ACTIVITIES Orientation Leader for Freshmen Intramural Sports Chairperson Red Cross Volunteer Dormitory Social Historian Resume: Applicant is an Accountant with Experience This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Duke University. 1995 -1999 PETROLEUM PRODUCTS CORPORATION . establishing production and inventory levels for manufacturing. * Coordinate all updated policies and business procedures in accordance with US GAAP and company policy. Specialty Chemical Division. Nominated and received distinguished company award. * Direct corporate funding process to provide working and investment capital to region. * Volume planning and coordination. Prepare and monitor operating and capital budgets and handle financial analysis for specialty chemical business servicing crude oil pipelines. PA (2001 -Present) Direct interface between company's corporate headquarters and the European International locations to ensure timely and accurate financial results and business performance data. * Design. * Forecast and evaluate currency exposure of international operations and hedging contracts. PA 17402 TPK@xxx. TARA J. PERKINS-KYLE 1301 Warren Road Lancaster. Senior Inventorv Coordinator/Analvst. * * * * * Establish and maintain $5M program tracking equipment location and costs. Specialty Chemical Division. FL (1999 -2000) Monitor $6M of inventory consisting of over 150 products. Negotiate $4M annual sales and service contracts with vendors and equipment leasing firms. * Set up/directed physical inventories for 39 domestic chemical stocking locations.

Strong technical and organizations orientation and an ability to work closely with manufacturing to optimize the fit of mill capabilities to customer needs while maximizing profitability. Acted as corporate liaison between refineries and parent company. * Developed new business proposal for $19MM plant to make nonstructural building panels from recycled fiber. Organized and wrote plan and board presentation. mill had 57% of profits.A. Dylan. JOSHUA F. Marketing and Sales 1997 -2000 * Added 7 new positions to serve new sales volume and service needs. . LA (1995 -1999) Consolidated and reported financial results for two refineries. Product Manager: New Products 1995 -1997 * Reorganized product development activities to eliminate poorly researched products. * Successfully handled division divestitures when business units were sold to private investor groups. * Assisted in design and implementation of new financial reporting and cost accounting systems. AS400. Fairgate Refineries. NY Manager. Freelance. Windows '98. Product Development and Strategic Planning 1995 -2002 2000 -2002 Guide the pulp and coated paper divisions in developing a five year strategic plan for recycled paper * Developed a full line of recycled coated paper grades to support new de-inking plants in three mills. DAVIS 943 Clover Terrace Albany. Lotus. University of Chicago. Imports dropped 38% in 2000. EDUCATION: B. Directed and monitored capital and operating budgets.com Marketing and Sales Executive with extensive experience and a progressive track record within the pulp and paper industry. NY 32994 OFFICE: 555-555-5555 HOME: 555-555-5555 E-MAIL: HFG@xxx. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE SCOTT PAPER COMPANY. Accounting. With 53% of sales in 1999. 1994 COMPUTERS: Symphony. * Directed work of mills and marketing groups for new five-year plan for 675. 14% more in 2001. Coordinated expansion at Atlanta mill and developed new in-line calendering process. Directed all field studies. Manager.. dBase. Albany. * Reversed plan to shut down Oregon mill in 1998 by adding new products that fit the machines better than prior mix. MS Office 2002 Resume: Applicant with a Marketing & Sales Background This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan.Assistant Group Controller. * Developed and maintained cash management and forecasting program to maximize use of company funds. * Led marketing team of joint venture with major petrochemical company in development of synthetic pulp for paper making. December. $290MM business. Increased sales 48% to fill new lightweight coated machine started in Washington in 1999.000 ton.

S. innovative product offerings. marketing and technical expertise with an excellent knowledge of industrial markets and products to gain a competitive advantage and win major market share. WI (1995) 101) Resume: Applicant is an Engineer with Experience This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Dartmouth University (Tuck) and the University of Virginia FRANK D. * Initiated a new job title. * Increased sales 55% and profits 28% within two years. University of Wisconsin. 1995-1999 Regional Sales Manager Directed all sales and business development activities for Southeast Region (22 sales representatives. Colorado 78739 Phone: (555). marketing and product management teams. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE COLORADO MINING COMPANY A worldwide leader in the forest products industry ($14 billion sales). high-profit sales. developing product pricing and distribution channels. 1995-Present E-mail: Fos@xxx. * Trained and sponsored a sales representative who received the 1997 International Lumber Award. launching nationwide advertising and marketing campaigns. Combines sales.EDUCATION B. * Received the 1998 and 1999 Sales Management Awards for outstanding performance. generating a TQM program and implementing all phases of the business plan. $30 million sales volume). EDUCATION Bachelor of Science. * Developed and introduced eight new products and systems in 2000. Five-year sales are projected to exceed $115 million with a solid 21% gross profit margin. training field sales teams. Madison. Led the entire new business product development cycle from initial concept and management approval through full-scale roll-out.555-5555 PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY Management professional with significant experience building and leading high-volume. Civil Engineering. * Spearheaded the development of a nationwide network of over 30 distributors during a two-year period which accounted for over 50% of product sales. 1995 Golden Key National Honor Society Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society . FOSTER 2014 Seaward Trail Vail. job description and incentive program for specialty products sales representatives which helped fuel aggressive growth. * Achieved significant 19% sales improvement during a period with flat market opportunity by capitalizing on specific markets with demonstrated growth potential.com Product Manager: Plywood & Lumber 1999-Present Broad-ranging authority for developing strategic business plans. * Successfully penetrated Lowes during account's entry into market. investigating acquisition alternatives. Oregon State University. Pulp and Paper Engineering.

I heard disparate reports about the causes of the nation's national health crisis. I am painfully aware of how different I am from your traditional applicants. Following my junior year of college. along with a second job at Variety Print Shop. my schedule left little time for homework. I was frustrated by my inability to improve the situation. Because most of the surgical theatres had been destroyed by the riots. I got a job as a waitress in a neighborhood diner and contributed my earnings to the household. a self-made woman with the power to transcend seemingly insurmountable challenges. I am. sports or campus affiliations. With a strong educated response. With few practicing physicians in the community. I provided for my siblings. caregivers and preventive health measures. . As a registered nurse with Medivac experience. I have discovered that government secrecy and adherence to the rule of law is not confined to third-world hospitals. Whatever the root causes. I worked nearly eighty hours per week as a primary care nurse in the Capetown facility. I felt a strong responsibility to help her. either financially or socially. leaving my mother as the sole support of three small children. I took a one-year sabbatical to assist with a critical public health crisis in my native South Africa. The staff reported widespread misuse of funds. I have nothing to discuss in the sections of the application form that ask about hobbies. I took evening classes to prepare for the GED exam. I found solutions to difficult problems that seemingly had no answers.Addendum To Explain a Gap in Employment or Education This candidate was accepted by the following business schools: Emory University and Tulane University. My priority was always providing for my family and completing my education. EVER complained about the hand that life dealt me. I worked full-time at the diner. I realized that I could no longer continue to juggle so many responsibilities. I haven't had much of a chance to demonstrate key leadership skills. yet I have certainly succeeded at building my own life. No victory was ever as sweet as walking across the stage to receive my diploma! As I complete my application for business school. I can help change the system. Between August of 2002 and July of 2003. After seven long years of night classes. the government requested that all available medical personnel report for duty. Doctors postponed all elective and non-critical procedures. which I passed in October of 1996. yet we were still overwhelmed by the need for medicine. I rarely had the luxury to dream. After withdrawing from high school. As a student of international policy. I often assisted with surgeries in temporary facilities. I am confident that I will make meaningful changes in the administration of health care. medical charities and other public aid funds in South Africa. my family's needs had to come first. our emergency room was the only available health care resource." Compared to more financially secure candidates. And I never. As the oldest. I persevered in situations in which most people would have given up. I found myself in the untenable position of losing patients to potentially curable illnesses because of a lack of money and pharmaceuticals. Isn't that what superior leadership is all about? Addendum To Explain a Gap in Employment or Education This candidate was accepted by the following business schools: Yale University and the University of Michigan. Sadly. government corruption and media restrictions prevented public appreciation of the issues or the implementation of effective remedies. Sadly. while the national newspaper accused the government of abusing international aid." But I much prefer the term "winner. After a three-day riot destroyed Capetown's impoverished Zenatta Hospital. I returned to college in August of 2003 with a profound skepticism regarding the future of South Africa. to follow my passions or to consider "what if. Between school and work. With the skills I will gain from studying in the US." At first glance. to ensure that they would have the chance to find their own success and pursue their own dreams. I finally completed my BA in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2003. My parents divorced during my freshman year of high school. Just fourteen years old. After a year of virtually no sleep. Throughout my year at the hospital. I probably sound like a "charity case. Yet my hopelessness in South Africa is occasionally replaced by a newfound confidence. after all. hobbies or extracurricular activities. my services were in particularly high demand.

Addendum to Explain an Arrest / Criminal History This candidate was accepted by the following law schools: Fordham University and Boston University. No one was working on the most urgent need. which I am honored to share with anyone who will listen. but the message was so powerful and so important that I never lost my focus. I continued to teach classes and train new participants in the program. even if the topics WERE intimate and embarrassing. Within a week of his death. Chris's friends had other ideas. The other advocacy groups in town were largely ceremonial in nature. I drove three friends home from our spring break vacation in Daytona Beach. . My commitment to educating teens is his legacy to me. I have given speeches on AIDS awareness to both the regional and national Sigma Tau sorority conferences. I hit a patch of ice and crossed the center line of Route 55. they organized fundraisers. Fortunately. I encountered the worst snowstorm I had ever seen.Addendum to Explain a Gap in Employment or Education This candidate was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Florida and Fordham University. I have been an exceptional driver who is reluctant to take chances. The kids started to ask relevant questions about how to stay safe in both casual and committed relationships. Unfortunately. Against my better judgment. since both vehicles were traveling at reduced speeds. The accident gave me an increased appreciation for the long-term effects of bad driving. On March 15. as I could not discuss sex without embarrassment. If left to my own devices. Four years after losing Chris. I didn't want to delay our arrival. At the first meeting. we WILL win this fight. They helped me to see that I had valuable information to share. Florida. which was education. Addendum to Explain an Arrest / Criminal History This candidate was accepted by the following law schools: Case Western University and Duke University. When I reached the Ohio border. Less than an hour later. With education and awareness. I realized immediately how much I was needed. After nine grueling hours. In the spring semester of my sophomore year at Sarah Lawrence College. Ohio. Our first classes were somewhat awkward. I became the official liaison between the group and the local high schools. where we agreed to present free seminars on AIDS prevention. Unable to return to college after Chris's funeral. Since that day. Although my family had known of his diagnosis for years. we were emotionally unprepared for his death. I received a $500 fine and was ordered to complete a driver education class. there were no injuries (other than emotional trauma). solicited donations and provided financial support for uninsured patients. I wound up taking two years off. I didn't realize the magnitude of my fatigue. I feel closer to him than ever. While trying to appear "cool." I caused a horrible accident that jeopardized five young lives. I will never make a similar mistake. my bad decision had immediate legal repercussions. Fortunately. The Ohio State Trooper cited me for hazardous driving and for failure to maintain control of my vehicle. During the past year. I probably would have moped in my room for most of that time. I continued driving. I think he would be proud of my work to prevent others from suffering from HIV. My youth definitely worked in my favor. hitting the driver's side of a Federal Express delivery truck. I plead nolo contendere at my court appearance in Columbus. After returning to Sarah Lawrence in 2003. my brother died of AIDS. Although I was tempted to stop at a rest area. Three months later. his best friend from the local AIDS hospice asked me to participate in a new program designed to promote AIDS awareness in the community. Chris had contracted the disease five years earlier from a tainted unit of blood he received during emergency surgery. 2002. Looking back. I am extremely embarrassed by the incident and my poor judgment.

Fortunately. the years I spent living with my grandparents helped me to understand many of the responsibilities of running the household. I was pulled over by the police and charged with improper lane usage. successful thirty-year life. I have been extremely selective in who I choose to befriend. I did not understand the risks of living alone or the impact on my education. I faced an evening in jail. I made an error in judgment. After spending a lifetime teaching me right from wrong. I functioned quite well in my isolated existence. Fortunately. It was a regrettable mistake that does not in any way reflect the maturity and integrity I will bring to your program. At age nineteen. of cannabis. we took a casual walk through the neighboring stores. Assuming full responsibility for my own needs made me extremely self-reliant at a young age. clean and take care of my personal needs. Ten years later. While we waited for the show to begin. I'll never forget the look of shame and disappointment on my mother's face. yet I knew that education was my only way out of such a difficult life. At the time. the police found 8 oz. 1994. 1993. answering some very embarrassing questions. the cannabis charge was suppressed. Although the charges may not appear on my criminal record. When we tried to leave. Many times. along with the embarrassment of having to call my parents. To a casual observer. I knew how to cook. whose fifty-year marriage provided an essential source of warmth and consistency. When evaluating my application. I simply did what I had to do. Looking back. While inspecting the car. Personal Background This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Stanford University. I deeply regret the pain and embarrassment that my mistake caused my family. but trusting the wrong person. my parents acknowledged that my mistake was not being a thief. We spent the next two hours at the police station. Rather than live in either household. my boyfriend slipped an expensive watch into his pocket while we browsed through a small jewelry shop. the store agreed to drop the charges if we would pay for the watch. Yet I was completely unprepared for the emotional toll that accompanied my loneliness. who was clearly not the honest person I thought he was. . which resulted in an additional charge for possession. I . I do not use drugs today. I hope that my committee will consider this incident as an aberration in my otherwise happy. the security tag on the watch triggered the alarm system and we were immediately surrounded by security guards. I let her down. I am still embarrassed and humbled by this experience. she never thought that I would steal. I was too depressed to study. The case is logged under San Diego Police Dept. we were both charged with shoplifting and were released to our parents' custody. Although I did not know about the watch. I made the mistake of experimenting with something that was illegal and dangerous. nor do I condone their use by others. I moved to a small town to live with my paternal grandparents. At the same time. We have subsequently worked very hard to heal as a family. After their deaths six years later. My parents separated when I was in elementary school and quickly formed new families. On December 1. On October 11. I received supervision and a $50 fine for the traffic violation. 1993." On January 4.On my seventeenth birthday. The incident taught me a powerful lesson about the importance of character. over time. Addendum to Explain an Arrest / Criminal History This candidate was accepted by the following business schools: UCLA and Vanderbilt University. the final disposition was "Motion state stricken on leave to reinstate. we apologized profusely to the store manager and paid full retail value for the timepiece. Ultimately. Since then. Unbeknownst to me. healthy. I also lost respect for my boyfriend. Needless to say. my boyfriend invited me to dinner and a movie at our local shopping mall. Unfortunately. I lived alone in their house until I graduated from high school. I wish that I had possessed the maturity and insight to have made a better decision. I faced the formidable challenge of earning back the respect of my own family.Complaint #9618-93. the experience changed my life.

and taught us to do the same. Our favorite family activity came every Sunday morning after church. competing to see who could chop the most celery. she wanted so much for me to have a . In such a small town. Although my parents visited every month. I never thought my life was unusual until I enrolled in the gifted program at St. she might appear to be just another ordinary working-class woman. I acknowledge that problems and challenges are natural part of life. Fortunately. one of the best technical universities in the world. it fulfilled my mother's fondest dream. there is little in her dress or position to distinguish her from other mothers in town. I am proud that I handled my parents' divorce with maturity and skill. my teachers also provided nurturance and support." who let me know that I was a special and talented young girl. I learned how to make friends and adapt to any situation. Charles Academy. Thanks to my excellent performance in school. Thanks to my mother's efforts. which qualified me to join the Kyoto Engineering Institute. Our regular patrons were my "second family. I embrace challenges with confidence and find creative solutions to life's problems. I acknowledged at a young age that my success or failure hinged on my own dedication and commitment. I somehow managed to grow up without knowing we were "disadvantaged. My sisters and I wrapped large white aprons over our Sunday dresses and chopped vegetables. It took me many years to realize the extraordinary influence my mother has had on my life. When I was awarded a full scholarship. She was raised in a loving home with two decent. We just knew that she loved us and that we were very special to her. like ice cream and fresh-baked brownies. but always made it home by six o'clock to eat dinner and hear about our day. but by the way that we choose to handle them. she trained volunteers. My father left our family before I was three years old. she had already endured an exhaustive sixteen-hour day. I was motivated enough to make education a priority. As an experienced volunteer. our success is not measured by the number of setbacks. As an adult. From an outsider's perspective. when we spent the afternoon volunteering at the soup kitchen. Many times. Nothing in my mom's background prepared her for having to accept the awesome responsibility of raising us by herself. Looking back. It never occurred to me that by the time she began cooking pasta for us. She enjoyed all of the simple things in life. which further alleviated my loneliness. Eventually. To create a social network. fun-loving woman who enjoyed every minute she spent with us. friends invited me to visit and spend the holidays. I faced my challenges and adjusted to my unusual situation. She worked hard as a legal secretary in Chicago. I established friendships in the village that allowed me to barter for essential goods and services. leaving my mother with three small children in a small apartment in North Chicago. I learned how to tackle any obstacle that came my way. As a result. I feel well prepared for whatever challenges the future may hold. my mother assumed an administrative role. the intimacy of my neighbors was particularly helpful and supportive. I am an extremely responsible and self-reliant person. Personal Background This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Columbia University and the University of Virginia." She was always a sweet. Hence. Godfearing parents who taught her that love and marriage were forever. During my years alone in the village. As a result of my unusual childhood. By taking charge of my life at an early age. I ranked among the top 10 high school graduates in Japan. monitored inventory and made sure that everyone had enough to eat. Yet her modest possessions and demeanor are a sharp contrast to the extraordinary gifts and wisdom that my mother possesses. These skills helped me to adjust to college life and have contributed greatly to my performance at Ciba Geigy. they did not provide any guidance or direction for my future.learned how to inspire myself by dreaming about the future and by setting achievable objectives. The one thing she always said about her abandonment was that she was grateful that her own parents did not live to see it. By becoming a functional adult at age fifteen. I learned critical life skills that I could not have developed any other way.

others say I am a risk taker. but about faith in myself. I say they are right – through an unusual series of personal experiences. because I already knew in my heart that they were wrong. I discovered that risk and sacrifice are prerequisites for success. which didn't cost a penny. What a scam! But I looked past the 80 hour weeks. Yet I always knew that life had much to offer. I didn't cave into the peer pressure of this group. I examined the company’s product and realized it was actually very good – the type of study guide I wish I had when I was growing up. I stunned everyone by making a "now or never" decision. who didn't have a lot of money. Charles. While chasing designer goods. I knew that the product would sell itself. Despite my frantic schedule. After careful contemplation. If given a chance. I knew automatically that I didn't fit in. My peers. but those of my privileged tormentors at St. company’s proposition was insane: re-locate to Florida. I am proud of the person I have become. My friends and family thought I was nuts for even considering it. Although they had a lot of money. they failed to appreciate the small things in life. I decided to sell books door-to-door as an independent contractor. who took exotic vacations in places like Antigua and Vail. The summer before college. Yet when I arrived for my first day of classes at St. shyness and doomed high school romances. if I was only brave enough to chase my dreams. it was not my family that was disadvantaged. I realized the decision was not about faith in the company. By refusing to associate with anyone who had less than they did. I also recognized the risk of failure. Charles. which complicated the decision. but cherished everything they had. like a beautiful flower or a cool breeze. In hindsight. Some say I am a glutton for punishment. Thankfully. I didn't wear the "right" clothes and was considered a nerd because I took the bus. I wasn't always so bold and daring. I have never lost sight of Gods' gifts and the beauty that surrounds me every day. Indeed. My "kindred spirits" were other kids who delighted in getting an extra scoop of ice cream and who celebrated another's success as strongly as their own. gain real life experience and become financially independent. but they weren't nice people. which I attribute exclusively to my mother's example. thought that my "fun night" eating ice cream with my mother was the dumbest thing they had ever heard. . I sang in the church choir and didn't feel deprived living on my meager budget. establish a new sales territory. Personal Background This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and Dartmouth University (Tuck). In hindsight. They had nice clothes and cars. and pay for my own living expenses while working 80 hours per week on a commission-only basis. As a teenager. develop social skills. On the surface. my mother has been the best teacher I ever had.good education and make a better life for myself. I continued to seek out friends in my own neighborhood. I often felt defeated by the seemingly insurmountable challenges of acne. her simple life lessons continued to empower me throughout my successful academic career at Stanford. Years later. By teaching me the value of life's truest blessings. Rather than be intimidated. they missed many wonderful opportunities for true friendship. they didn't have the sense to enjoy it. I saw an opportunity to break out of my shell. While evaluating the opportunity. Like my mom. I volunteered at a health clinic and always made time to tutor freshman science students.

What is the best mistake you ever made? What important lesson did you learn? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Florida and Dartmouth University (Tuck). Unfortunately. I attended private schools. Looking back. while my friends pursued jobs at large investment banks. insecure teenager blossomed into a confident risk-taker who embraces everything that life has to offer. I targeted small mergers and acquisitions boutiques. Afterwards. my parents gave me the tools to build whatever future I wanted.Despite opposition from my friends and family. I learned key principles of time management. After four years of skipping classes and not applying myself. I entered college without a clear sense of purpose or direction. As the child of two intelligent. The road less traveled by others will always be my most common path. I had door after door slammed in my face and had not sold a thing. goal setting and commitment. I was promoted to Student Manager the next year. an awkward. Where others saw unrealistic expectations. After college. I learned to communicate better by listening to customers’ needs. Looking back. I took the risk. despite doubts I will likely face. Upon joining Bank One. for much of my life. I will continue to seize opportunities in my life. I graduated with an . emotional and spiritual growth. I studied the target market and tailored my pitch accordingly. I developed a reputation for capturing the opportunities that others avoid. the world was always my oyster. I saw a great learning opportunity from the group’s high deal flow. where two interns had supposedly collapsed in exhaustion. I was the only analyst to choose the Financial Institutions Group. I was also completely unprepared to handle the amazing amount of freedom on campus. So. I saw the benefits of increased responsibility.000 in my pocket and ranked in the top 1% internationally among 3. Someone even called the police to investigate me! No wonder each year nearly a third of new salespeople quit within two weeks.100 independent contractors. hang-gliding in Switzerland and zip-lining in Mexico. From my earliest memory. highly educated parents. Blessed with a strong native intelligence. traveled around the world and explored different cultures and religions. I fared well in high school without exerting much effort. In a single summer. In addition to providing a strong foundation. I finished the summer with $15. But I remained undeterred and eventually prevailed by setting ambitious (but realistic) daily goals. my open-minded attitude toward life has rewarded me with significant personal development over the years. it was unquestionably the toughest experience of my life. I subsequently invested more time in extracurricular activities than in developing solid study habits. I learned to anticipate objections and became better at influencing people. my family did everything possible to nurture my academic. which has reputations as sweatshops. Like many teenagers. I challenged my fear of heights by skydiving in South America. The experience offered me far more than I ever envisioned. Despite the heavy workload. After a full week. I had no idea what I wanted to build. As I began to better understand my customers’ needs. I also learned that I could accomplish anything if I put my mind to it. sales picked up.

I became a vocal advocate for the change. My victories and defeats have made me a person who "has achieved years adequate enough for choosing a direction. they still occurred. I used my skills and energy to prevent another life-threatening situation. What is the best mistake you ever made? What important lesson did you learn? . In 1997 I worked as a Senior Engineering Manager at a Canadian strip mine that was regarded as the least safe in the world. gathered data and calculated the cost/benefit options. Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago. I am unwilling to abandon my pursuit of a satisfying future. The belt required less space in the tunnel and was much safer. Early in my tenure. I wondered if I had destroyed my chances to pursue my professional calling. For a brief moment. I immediately discovered a logistical problem. I did not have the maturity or foresight to realize that my actions would limit my future aspirations." Unfortunately. As an analyst for Citi-Corp. I learned the hazards of "clinging to the old paradigm. the workers going to and from the extraction field shared the same underground tunnel with the clay being transported to the surface. I have also cultivated the requisite interpersonal skills to attract and satisfy large institutional clients. my undergraduate GPA prevented me from being admitted to business school." An individual (and a company) must quickly embrace new possibilities and initiate changes to improve worker safety.embarrassingly low grade point average. I discovered my aptitude for a business career. during the 2004 application season. Yet the change required a financial investment that management initially resisted. Driven by my commitment to worker safety. My fulfillment from this success is bittersweet. My dedication to the plan ultimately convinced management that the change was in the company's best interest. In my first financial job. I cannot change his fate or reverse his disabling injury. Realizing the importance of my proposal. which continuously transports the clay to the elevator. I explained my idea to people from different departments and secured their support. The new conveyer belt provided a continuous flow of clay to the elevator and increased the quantity of clay being transported. one of my workers was permanently disabled by an underground accident. Early in my engineering career. Although our safety regulations greatly reduced the chance of accidents. I learned that the things of real value in life rarely come easily or without sacrifice. I will forever regret that one of my workers was seriously injured on the job. It also provided more space for the workers who traveled through the tunnel. We implemented the new system and I carefully monitored its acceptance. I presented a plan to management that maximized both output and safety. Since graduating from college.” I will not squander this chance to succeed. Yet a poignant quote by the eccentric Zelda Fitzgerald inspired me to apply again: “By the time a person has achieved years adequate enough for choosing a direction. Although I regret the poor decisions I made in college. The close proximity of the fast traveling cars and the workforce in a narrow tunnel was a recipe for disaster. Under the time pressures of our typical workload. At the time. I have learned many difficult lessons. Concern for worker safety became my highest priority. I have enjoyed a rapid series of promotions in a highly competitive industry. Yet as a manager. Most importantly. I initiated research to support the new method. They were comfortable with their current method of doing business. I learned that the choices I made as a carefree teenager can affect me forever. I finally decided where I wanted to build my professional "house. I have developed an enviable ability to summarize complex financial data in a format that our customers can understand.” At 26. Thanks to my demonstrated commitment to the firm. the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future. What is the best mistake you ever made? What important lesson did you learn? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). I am thankful for what they taught me. My proposed solution was to substitute a conveyor belt for the old rail cars. I began to investigate the cause of most accidents on our shaft and to contemplate possible preventive measures. which maximized output rather than safety. I learned the true value of opportunity. I was proud to improve the working conditions for my employees and to be an advocate for safety. we often neglected the regulations and risked fatal accidents.

This requires empathy for those most affected. his family and his community. was a company without engineers. By placing myself in the worker's shoes. personalized for my plant audience. more satisfying and more effective when I had people working with me. I found a better approach. Describe a situation where you introduced and/or managed change in an organization. Only with the support of the workers can a corporate directive succeed. setting stretch targets. I positioned our project as a mutual initiative to prevent a potentially dismal outcome. Before I joined Cachet. empathized with their concerns and gave positive feedback when we made progress. I initially didn't understand the reluctance of senior staff to objectively evaluate their current practices. At the outset. Yet my confrontational style was ineffective and didn't help my audience understand the needs of the business. I needed to properly communicate the importance of the initiative and the potentially dire consequences of our failure. When I became the Director of Development. school. Inspired by the challenge. all product development services were outsourced. rather than the general effect to the shareholders. began to alter their mindset and generate inventive ideas for improvement. extracurricular activity) and comment on the professional and/or personal attributes you used to do that and how these attributes (and others) might be important to the attainment of your career goals. Tell us how you influenced others in an organization (business. My new message. despite my lack of previous managerial experience. strategic briefings. I still had to use careful and reasoned persuasion to move the team out of their comfort zone. The project had multiple objectives: establishing performance baselines. but I finally felt we were all on the same team. My discussions addressed what the results meant to each worker. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and the University of Virginia One of my most challenging roles at Exxon was as coordinator for an internally resourced improvement program focused on cost. The plant's strong resistance challenged my managerial and interpersonal skills. rather than an opportunity for progress. I quickly revamped my approach. the project was in danger of failing. I became frustrated by the audience and responded too aggressively. Corporate visions. the presiding mantra became "Why should we recommend ideas that will either make us work harder or even cost us our jobs?" As project coordinator. University of Chicago. ensuring robust end products and developing an implementation plan. Since I couldn't gain the necessary support using my original strategy. restructuring programs and all other methods of generating improvement will fail in the implementation stage unless the "doers" are personally stimulated to perform. Yet my greatest challenge was convincing the combined team and their supporting plant personnel to review the current working practices and develop the best. Cachet Software Inc." Clearly. which plant personnel flatly refused to consider. I listened.This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg). My project was easier. They considered my presence as "another greedy corporate ploy to generate cash" and "an excuse to cut numbers. unbiased business solutions. In 2001. In their minds. throughput and quality. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Columbia University. I developed a new message that focused on plant-specific issues. any improvement we identified was a criticism of the current system. This project taught me that effective communication skills can mean the difference between success and failure. My challenge was further complicated by the directive to properly adjust headcount. My first step was to create a development team to maintain and transfer knowledge internally. I apply the lessons I learned from this project to all of my professional objectives. Despite my best efforts to gain plant support. rather than against me. to place myself in their position to understand their concerns and motivations. my primary challenge was to build a dynamic product development group to handle our software issues. We developed written technical . along with our corporate success.

specifications and created a database to log product defects. including two-on-two basketball games. Second. Despite our diverse backgrounds. This improved our product quality and reduced the development cycle. multi-cultural team. Although thrilling. an adopted Korean native and a gifted Nepalese immigrant. Finally. My strategy quickly paid off. school.8 billion in portfolio assets.000 to $3.500. I coordinated a group of documentation writers to revise our product manuals to include greater detail. my group was an eight-member entrepreneurial team that managed $4. We each wore several hats. we bonded quickly and formed a strong co-operative team. I organized a testing group that worked closely with the developers. we had expanded our staff by 350% and had already started working on new projects for 2005 to stay ahead of our competitors. extracurricular activity) and comment on the professional and/or personal attributes you used to do that and how these attributes (and others) might be important to the attainment of your career goals. After achieving profitability in 2002. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Dartmouth University and the University of Virginia. including a young Wyoming college graduate. books for internal professional development and flexible working schedules. The existing trading system that had been . we increased our assets under management to $45 billion and our group to 35 people. And my previous work experience allowed me to learn from the successes and failures of past managers. develop better models and trade more efficiently. Describe a situation where you introduced and/or managed change in an organization. These diverse skills enabled me to overcome a lack of managerial experience and successfully overcome a a great challenge. Our hard work allowed the group to grow rapidly. I attribute my success at Cachet to several factors. I hired and trained the best people available. I also assumed a human resources role by explaining the importance of 401(k) plan and by creating a company-wide recycling program. The product quickly seized valuable market share away from two competitors who are ten times larger than Cachet in size and revenue. My leadership experience was enhanced by the support of my talented. My interpersonal skills enabled me to comfortably interact with different employees and to motivate them to achieve their potential. In less than three years.000. we successfully released our most important product four weeks ahead of schedule. product support calls decreased and customer satisfaction increased. By 2004. Tell us how you influenced others in an organization (business. doing whatever was necessary to serve our clients. I provided many incentives to improve our work environment. As a result. a sociable AfricanAmerican communications major. the rapid growth created many challenges.000 with over 500 customers. My engineering background provided the organizational and technical skills to co-ordinate the product development and bring new ideas to the process. Six months after I began. When I joined Fleet National Bank in 2001. we are on target to double our sales from $1.

extracurricular activity) and comment on the professional and/or personal attributes you used to do that and how these attributes (and others) might be important to the attainment of your career goals. I was at my friend's home when his grandmother died. Tell us how you influenced others in an organization (business. The entrepreneurial spirit at Tuck will challenge my ability to “think out of box” and develop innovative solutions for a changing world. Although they understood the urgent need for corneas. I am exhilarated by the thought of developing my leadership skills in such a talented group of people. To convince senior management of my plan’s worth.developed half a decade ago could not cope with the sharp increase in trade volume. few would commit to the actual donation. To handle the inevitable doubt and question that accompany change. which requires a body to be cremated after death. communication and leadership skills. I need to demonstrate its benefit. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan). few are actually harvested. compliance officers and risk managers to document their roles in the portfolio trading process and how they interacted with the trading system. a team of doctors arrived to harvest her eyes. feasibility and support from all key users. This painstaking preparation made my presentation to senior management much easier. we successfully rolled out the system in June 2002. Regardless of the challenge. Since then. Religion is the greatest challenge to corneal donation in India. A majority of Indians are Hindu. A donor's family must agree to the donation at the time of death and make the . Before proceeding. which provides us with a strong competitive edge. school. A few colleagues were really helpful: they not only answered my questions. The traders and portfolio administration staff frequently worked late at night to manually process the trades into our accounting system. I developed a prototype and a key module that addressed a major deficiency in the current system. To gain support for my initiatives. Describe a situation where you introduced and/or managed change in an organization. I proposed a new modular system that could automate many manual steps and could scale up to accommodate even higher volumes. I commit to action. No provision is made for giving away part of your body. Another problem was converting pledges to actual donations. I need to be certain that I captured their process flow accurately and that the new system would help them do their jobs better. Throughout the process. Armed with my analysis. clearly articulate our goals and solicit input from my peers. I talked to traders. With assistance from my newly recruited software developers. Their only key question was the transition plan. I contacted an eye donation bank in Bangalore run by the Lions Club to see what I could do to help. I learned that there were far fewer donors than needed and that many people remained sightless for no reason. People also were hesitant to commit to the process. Developing a new trading system is a highly complex and costly endeavor. They liked what they saw. I am always alert to areas that need improvement. I have been challenged by the rapid growth at Fleet National Bank and am proud of the initiatives I have taken and the successful results. while others were cautiously optimistic. I worked patiently with each group to address their concerns and incorporate their suggestions into the proposal. the system has enabled us to efficiently handle our increasing assets under management. focus on the issue. I’ve discovered that people invest more in a project when they are personally and emotionally empowered. Within a half hour. My communication skills have contributed greatly to my professional success. but gave many constructive suggestions and referrals. I have greatly enhanced my teamwork. yet wondered whether I could make it happen. Some were skeptical because they saw many previous attempts fail. portfolio administrators. address concerns and win them over. We got the budget and head count requested. I initiate meetings. Although many people pledge their eyes. Working side-by-side with them and seeing all the manual steps involved to check and match the orders. My friend's grandmother was an organ donor who wanted her corneas to be used to provide sight to a blind person. Responses were mixed. I use team-building skills as early as possible. I arranged another round of meetings with key users to present my plan and solicit feedback. I was determined to develop a more efficient solution. I was amazed by the number of organ donations and the tissue-matching process.

necessary arrangements. Without their co-operation, the donor's wishes will not be honored. I took two steps to improve the situation. First, I asked all donors to get the written consent of their family members. Second, I gave all participants the contact information for every eye donation bank in India. Whatever their location, the nearest donation bank was just a phone call away. Within a few months, I had convinced my friends and my parents to donate their eyes for the cause. I also solicited my friends to promote the cause with me. I took them to the hospital where I was conducting my campaign “The Lions Club Bangalore.” When the doctor told them about the high incidence of blindness in India, they enthusiastically joined my cause. Starting with a modest target of 100 corneal donations, I later increased it to 500, and finally to 1000. After some time, I realized that this activity changed the thinking of many people around me. Most of my friends and colleagues who donated their eyes also convinced their families to donate. Some of my colleagues organized an organ donation camp, which was dedicated to increasing donations of other body parts, particularly the heart, lung and liver. Another group of my colleagues organized a blood donation camp. Their positive outlook toward these activities and their pledge for continuous support of these organizations made me very proud. I was delighted to be the catalyst and initiator of such a worthwhile endeavor. This cause was a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate my persistence, my organizational skills and my dedication to helping other people. I am certain that my professional and personal experiences at Sloan will further develop these skills.

The goal of the _____ MBA Program is to prepare graduates to be effective and innovative leaders in the global economy. As technology, innovation, globalization, and entrepreneurial opportunity become more important, managers need to understand how to develop new management models and methods and to make them work. Explain how the _______ MBA Program's focus on innovation will help you achieve your career goals. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Cornell University (Johnson) and Dartmouth University (Tuck). The Internet revolution has had a dramatic impact on my career in Human Resources. Although the technology was originally designed to share information, it has revolutionized the way companies do business. Today, many people assume that e-commerce giants such as amazon.com and eBay will have the greatest impact on corporations. However, I am convinced that online service companies, including placement agencies hellobrain.com and guru.com, will eventually have as great an impact on business as ecommerce. As a Human Resource specialist, I constantly struggle to attract and retain the most talented technical workers. With a low national unemployment rate, the United States faces a serious labor shortage in the technology area. Congress recently drafted a bill to increase the number of H-1B high-tech visas to 585,000 over the next 3 years. This will allow US companies to hire foreign workers for technical positions, to keep pace in our fast-moving economy. Yet, the procedure is not simple. Hiring foreign nationals is a complex, time-consuming challenge, and the emigration experience can be difficult. The Internet, which transmits information anywhere in just seconds, offers an intriguing solution to these issues. In my work as Human Resource Director for Ecosys Investments, I use the Internet to hire, train

and manage the best technical staff in the world. Ecosys Investments is a US corporation that employs foreign engineers who telecommute from their own countries. These highly-skilled employees develop and transmit technological solutions from home, eliminating the need for international relocation. Ecosys avoids complex immigration and unemployment issues, while the employee continues to enjoy his native language and culture. As an added benefit, my company reduces costs by utilizing inexpensive labor from undeveloped nations while maintaining a domestic corporate office. This trend for increasing use of foreign workers mimics the shift of the manufacturing industry to Asia in the 1980s. As the economy becomes international, the global workforce enables an efficient 24/7/365 schedule; as US workers begin the day, their counterparts in India will be retiring for the evening. This unified international workforce gives Ecosys the competitive edge that elevates us to our position as a market leader. The technological leaders of the twenty-first century will be those who continually strive to develop innovative solutions to management problems. I chose the MBA program at Johnson because of your demonstrated commitment in this area. Your dynamic programs in the Park Center for investment research offer real-life problem-solving applications using state-of-the-art technology. Just as Ecosys uses

technology to build an international workforce, Johnson has integrated the latest technologies into its curriculums, classrooms and job placement centers. This daily exposure to changing technology will better prepare me for future developmental challenges and opportunities. The goal of the _____MBA Program is to prepare graduates to be effective and innovative leaders in the global economy. As technology, innovation, globalization, and entrepreneurial opportunity become more important, managers need to understand how to develop new management models and methods and to make them work. Explain how the ______MBA Program's focus on innovation will help you achieve your career goals. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and the University of Chicago. Innovation: the introduction of something new / a new idea, method, or device (Webster). In the fast-paced technology field, where an idea like personal mail (Hotmail.com) can create a 10 billion dollar behemoth overnight, innovation is the key to success. During the course of my career, I have been struck by many innovative ideas, including one to open an investment web site, Currency.com, that provides stock market predictions. Although there are many competitive sites that research stock market behavior, none use technology as their enabler. The industry focuses most of their research on collecting and analyzing data, which specialists use to make predictions based on gut feelings. This research is expensive and generally inaccessible to small investors. My goal was to make a prediction tool that was available to everyone. I launched the site in the fall of 2002 and survived my first full year with only 200 paid subscribers. Although money was tight, I received positive feedback from my clients and glowing testimonials about how my information improved their trading performance. After a positive write up in the Wall Street Journal, my tiny company had all the attention it could handle. My subscription based quadrupled within three weeks to over 900 subscribers and I received over 300 e-mails a day. By January of 2003, my small home-based business employed seven people and had literally made me a millionaire. I measure the power of technology not by the amount of wealth it can generate, but by its ability to level the playing field in nearly every aspect of business. My web site demonstrates this in many ways and provides an excellent example of how business models must adapt to a constantly changing economy. First, my site

delivers valuable financial data that was formerly unavailable to small investors, which improves their chances for success in the currency market. Second, the low cost of launching the site provided me the same international exposure to clients as billion dollar investment behemoths. Technology increases the speed at which I innovate and allows me to distribute products and services to a global community in a matter of seconds. Yet my success will continue only as I adapt to rapidly changing competition and consumer expectations. As traders become more savvy, their demand for better, faster, lower cost information will increase, challenging my company and all of my competitors. Ultimately, technology will provide our clients with a better choice of products and services at a lower cost. As more companies fully utilize the power of the Internet, these challenges will require practical resolutions at a breakthrough speed. This is the challenge of a twenty-first century manager. While I am certainly a successful "techie" with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, I acknowledge the importance of an MBA to my professional success. I am committed to pursuing more ventures in the fast-evolving ecommerce industry that utilize my technical background. Sloan offers a wonderful facility to nurture my dreams. Your research centers, which specifically focus on e-industry innovations, will help me develop and share ideas for future businesses. With a flexible and innovative business program, Sloan will expand my vision and enable me to create better companies that provide better solutions to my financial clients worldwide. The goal of the ______ MBA Program is to prepare graduates to be effective and innovative leaders in the global economy. As technology, innovation, globalization, and entrepreneurial opportunity become more important, managers need to understand how to develop new management models and methods and to make them work. Explain how the ______MBA Program's focus on innovation will help you achieve your career goals. This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Cornell University (Johnson) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan). In my engineering career, I've observed first-hand the challenges of being an effective technical manager. At Cachet Software Inc., I was promoted from a technical to a managerial position and quickly realized its dual challenges. The best technical leaders understand the X’s and O’s of a technical problem and can develop an appropriate business strategy. They must “speak the language” of both groups to bring conceptual ideas to the marketplace. Exceptional technical managers are rare, but I want to be one of them. Through my MBA, I plan to develop the business and communication skills to interact effectively with both engineers and managers. I’ve been amazed by the transformation of managers who have completed challenging MBA programs. Compared to their peers, these managers appear more experienced and competent, with a strong intellectual inclination. I admire their confidence in making clear decisions, along with their leadership and marketing skills. These managers develop and motivate teams and articulate business ideas in a clear and concise manner. Managers with MBAs are seasoned professionals prepared to tackle today’s complex business world. My goal is to become a strong technical leader who can bring conceptual ideas to the marketplace. This combination of skills is already in demand. Many innovative companies are started by young technology wizards who have great ideas but lack the business experience to transform them into a

commercial success. My short-term goal is to continue as a development manager at a small information technology company. My long-term goal is to become a Chief Technology Officer and help build a small company into an industry leader. The Johnson school appeals to me for three reasons. First, my learning experience will be enhanced by the small intimate environment and two-way communication between students and faculty. Second, the school responds to student concerns by quickly updating programs and resources. Third, the Johnson program emphasizes leadership, a skill I’ve started to develop in my job and community service work. I’m eager to share my ten years of solid technical experience with others from different backgrounds. My professional experience will allow me to contribute positively during project work and classroom discussions.

Discuss an Improvement or Change You've Made at Your Organization This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia. After working for three months as a paraprofessional with Fleet Financial Services, I was promoted to Tax Specialist. Although I quickly mastered the complexities of international taxation and compliance, an internal personnel change forced me to accelerate my learning curve. My immediate supervisor left Fleet to begin her graduate studies, leaving me in charge of her responsibilities for the upcoming tax season. My job was complicated by Fleet's implementation of a web-based personal data organizer. In addition to my work in compliance, I had to help our existing clients learn to use the online system. This required sending explanatory letters, helping clients complete the questionnaires, and referring them (when necessary) to our technical support group. In addition, I helped to resolve any issues regarding the preparation and filing of our clients' tax returns. As always, our corporate goal was to file at least 85% of client returns before April 15. Before the tax season began, I carefully analyzed the previous problems associated with the webbased pilot program. The first challenge was to deliver invitation letters (containing secure password and instructions) that clients would actually read. Since our international clientele was fairly mobile, we often had to send letters several times before we received a response. This inefficiency raised our mailing expenses and labor costs to a prohibitive level. Furthermore, once our clients learned about the program, we had to convince them to invest the time to learn the new technology. Most clients were top-level executives who were quite happy with their paper-based organizers. Their resistance to the program was exacerbated by the inability of our technical support center to expeditiously (considering VIP clientele) handle the volume of

Following my graduation from Princeton. According to my manager. Although I ultimately spent the anticipated "time savings" on the phone. I decided to use a special function in Microsoft Outlook to send the letters as personalized e-mail attachments. by conducting these one-on-one “help sessions. Also. rather than by sending traditional letters. The delay at our support center was frustrating to our international clientele. they had not seen such a positive client response for a very long time. I accepted a position as International Event Planner for Walt Disney World in San Diego. I ultimately enabled our team to receive the highest customer evaluation rating. classes. budgeted and ran all Disney events. California. Discuss an Improvement or Change You've Made at Your Organization This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and University of Chicago. I assumed responsibility for coordinating the activities of seven marketing groups scattered in different cities across the globe. As our marketing efforts expanded. Once the process succeeded. Two months later. On my own initiative. which made my job easier and more efficient. With a budget of nearly $4. I implemented a radical change in the program: I notified our clients about the web-based organizers by e-mail. I received over 40 unsolicited personal e-mails from clients (including several from top-level management) thanking me for my work. most of the organizers were completed and received.calls received. I shouldered a . Upon consulting with our IT department. On my last day on the job.” I converted the clients' initial anger into cooperation. who were forced to call us from overseas. seminars. My next challenge was to help clients properly complete the web-based organizer.6 million. I implemented it for other project teams. Our seven-member team planned. I received an electronic notice when the message was read. customer events and sales kick-offs. press releases and magazine articles. By developing personal relationships with our clients. managed. printing and sorting letters and confirming their receipt. (2) I decreased the time spent sending invitation letters from 40 hours to less than 5 hours. the reduction in mailing costs resulted in higher per-client profit margin. In addition to developing my leadership skills. which included corporate sponsorships. I created the company’s first international marketing plan. After we sent each e-mail. including trade shows. which helped me to exceed our goal of 85% compliance by April 15. I addressed their concerns with a "personal touch" by sending a friendly e-mail that asked them to call me personally if they had any problems submitting data. direct mail campaigns. the program was a terrific success. This change eliminated the time we previously spent gathering addresses. The benefits of this change were two-fold: (1) Because most tax work was based on a fixed fee arrangement. I used the same technology to decrease the process time for W-2 preparation from more than 40 hours to 6 hours. which saved significant time and labor throughout the department. By mid-February.

we each agreed to spend one month per year at each other's base location. and our satisfied customers. I called the newspaper reporter who wrote the initial inflammatory article and demanded a follow-up piece that presented our side of the story. the media began to inquire about our novel solution. Sadly. The economic ramifications were quick and severe. During my time in Tokyo. I also agreed to absorb the costs for each customer to confirm our products' purity at a lab of their choice. In early 2003. Discuss an Improvement or Change You've Made at Your Organization This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Duke University (Fuqua). I was particularly proud of the improved cooperation and understanding between the US group and our Japanese office. Although I'd love to take credit for being a technological maverick. Spain. I took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times to assure our clients that our products were 100% hexazione-free. Despite the cordial rapport among the seven marketing managers. These experiences reinforced my passion for international business and confirmed my ability to thrive in diverse. yet I never truly felt that we "connected" beyond a superficial level or shared each other's individual successes. By balancing my own professional goals with the concerns of our valued customers. How could we endanger the lives of our customers? Why didn't we issue a warning about the chemical's toxicity? How many lives were we willing to sacrifice in the name of profits? Within a matter of days. I assumed full responsibility for handling the bad press. Whenever possible. In this cooperative program. I responded to a crisis situation with empathy and logic. England. this camaraderie resulted in a shared vision. I became a media "expert" on organic farming. my family's natural produce business. Since age sixteen. the names of every citrus farm in California that used hexazione was published in the Los Angeles Times.huge responsibility for our international marketing efforts. the outraged public demanded answers to impossible questions. After speaking to each customer directly. I have worked for Sunkist Gardens. China and the United States. telephone calls and via monthly video conferences. Unfortunately. Within a matter of months. To whatever extent possible. radio and newspaper reporters. which lent an air of credibility to our business. As the president of the company. our sales dropped by almost 65%. I conducted several team-building exercises that fostered trust and communication between the groups. When the initial hysteria died down. she agreed to my request and presented a balanced perspective in her next article. On a practical level. we quickly overcame language and cultural barriers to focus on our common objectives. my entire family wound up doing emergency "spin" to minimize the damage to our reputation. which supplies fresh lettuce. the program became a tremendous success. The benefits to Sunkist Gardens. Japan. Thanks to our shared corporate vision. France. Determined to set the story straight. I set a public relations example for the rest of the industry. which led to a viable solution. . After an awkward start. a common pesticide used for citrus. along with more efficient events and budgets. our communication was hindered by our geographic separation. Whether singing “Yesterday” at the karaoke bar or eating Uni (a Japanese delicacy of raw sea urchin). As expected. I conducted similar exercises with the financial teams in the same seven countries. multicultural environments. we agreed to offer insight and solutions from our own Disney experiences. In 1999. in a six-week period. Probably my greatest contribution to the dilemma was converting to an alternative pesticide that was 100% food grade. the name Sunkist Farms was mistakenly included on the list. the truth is that I was simply doing my job. Through the misguided efforts of an overzealous consumer reporter. the reaction bordered on hysteria. Thankfully. bell peppers and tomatoes to restaurants and food service institutions in the tri-state area. have been overwhelmingly positive. we each broadened our perspective of the world and walked away much more comfortable with each other. we kept in touch by email. I initiated a formal team-building program for the marketing groups in Canada. learning as much as possible about that unit's problems and opportunities. In a series of interviews with local television. Sunkist Gardens was cited as the "gold standard" in fresh produce by the California Restaurant Association. the national news media reported a number of stories about children in California whose learning disabilities were at least partially attributable to hexazione. After receiving accolades from my peers and superiors (including the President and CEO of both the Japanese and US headquarters).

I read voraciously about cancer and the prevailing theories about its causes. My greatest talent is fundraising on behalf of cancer research. accounting systems and . we currently enjoy a competitive edge. take vitals. we launched the product under the “Rolls in a Minute” brand name. Our challenge is to simultaneously ensure the quality and authenticity of our pastries. As an adult. assist with bone marrow procedures and provide emotional support to chemotherapy patients. devouring all available materials about the baking industry. After six years of corporate experience in the financial industry. survivors and their families. I embarked on a self-education program. I can't imagine a better use of my time or energy. I was determined to understand as much as possible about the disease. After nine months of hard work. I raised over $4 million for the Dallas chapter of Gilda’s Club. where I draw blood. I watched helplessly as my mother waged a long battle against breast cancer. including corporate registration. UK and France before expanding to other markets. Like my parents. I understand the challenges that patients endure on their uneasy road to recovery. my mother survived a grueling cycle of surgery. chemotherapy and radiation. which offers free services and educational programs for cancer patients. My inspiration comes directly from my heart. Ultimately. Nearly a year later. What do you consider to be your greatest professional talent? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and the University of Virginia. Working on my own business means working around the clock at something that is amazingly stimulating and rewarding. I am currently organizing a gala benefit on behalf of Los Angeles Oncology Associates. I also volunteer at the center. conduct lab analyses. my mother's illness inspired me to pursue a career as a public health advocate. I feared "bad" results (metastasis) and rejoiced when she received "good" reports (tumor shrinkage). Between 2003 and 2004. I quickly learned that her "pathology" results revealed the success or failure of her treatment regimens. I am involved with every aspect of our business. product quality regulation. I am convinced that I have discovered a lucrative niche market with numerous ways to grow. Despite my initial trepidation. I moved to London last fall to started a small export food business that specialised in self-rising gourmet pastries. Armed with a strong spirit.What do you consider to be your greatest professional talent? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Columbia University. Thanks to my early experiences as a caregiver. As a child. Our strategy is to simultaneously build a solid business base in Ireland. As a director of the company. which offers free and reduced price services to indigent and uninsured patients. With no similar products on the market. My greatest talent is entrepreneurship: the ability to identify and seize an opportunity. My partner and I commenced the business by developing a new “concept” product that is tailored to accommodate a consumer's busy lifestyle. Lacking knowledge and experience in the sector. partnership agreements. I have raised funds for several charities that promote cancer awareness throughout my community.

Just two weeks after completing our paperwork. We now boast forty members. sophisticated and price-sensitive sector. What do you consider to be your greatest professional talent? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Duke University (Fuqua) and the University of Michigan. a group of concerned citizens committed to helping each other through difficult times. Entrepreneurship gives me the “all-round” challenges that I crave as a highly driven professional. Exploiting my connections at a local television station. I learned how to stay positive.000 pounds of nonperishable food for the displaced residents. With the insight and advice from Sloan's faculty and students. Looking back. In some ways. Through entrepreneurship. . My primary challenges were learning a new industry. our actions were not outstanding or even remotely heroic. disciplined and flexible. removing detached tree branches from roads and bridges. I will learn how to achieve my goals with minimal risks and mistakes. I led a group of six volunteers who collected 6. we must create and insert a presence with an “unknown” or newly-built brand amidst a highly competitive. Thanks to my initiative in creating Relief Point. In each market. I delivered on-air advisories to the general public on topics related to evacuation and safety. In difficult situations. we continue to provide emergency relief assistance after natural disasters and to hold canned food drives each summer. Nevertheless. who range in age from seventeen to sixty-seven. I feel like I am a bridge connecting the gap between my parents' generation and my own. Since our frenzied start in 2000. The following day. I have demonstrated my talent for leadership in several volunteer and community organizations. Relief Point had only a few thousand dollars in seed money and the manpower of its four founders to apply to the situation. New Orleans has an additional safety net for the weather hazards that haunt the coast. I must excel at both high-level professional activities (pitching for new accounts) and seemingly mundane tasks (filing and cash flow management). At the time. I went door-to-door in the community to move elderly residents to nearby shelters and found a safe place to house over one-hundred abandoned pets. financing the venture and building a brand with limited funds. Throughout my tenure at Citi-Corp. Hurricane Doris hit the Gulf Coast. I formed a non-profit group in New Orleans called Relief Point. Nevertheless.other organizational matters. By providing quality convenience food. We simply did what good citizens should do during a crisis. For me. This venture allows me a rare opportunity to utilize my creativity and realize my own vision. I had no idea how urgent our mission would be. After the eye of the storm had passed. I accompanied my fellow volunteers on a "disaster run" through the city. I am continuing the traditions of an old generation to meet the demands of a new generation (tailoring to today’s fast-paced global lifestyle). before a single volunteer could be trained. we committed our collective resources to doing everything possible to help the community survive the storm. to educate the public about emergency disaster preparation. our commitment during Hurricane Doris set the tone for what Relief Point ultimately would become. the greatest benefit is being part of a tight knit community who takes great pride in protecting their own. On a daily basis. My vision for this company is to develop a solid European brand within our initial targeted markets. I learned how to take risks and endure daily setbacks. In the fall of 2000.

I need a comprehensive understanding of finance. I rapidly advanced into leadership roles. greatly increasing our profits. I designed and implemented a matrix organization structure for the region. handled P&L management and mentored key team members. technology understanding and account management skills. the region grew from a singleman operation to a 20-member team that contributed 40% of the company's total revenue. When I arrived in the US. After three years. After years of professional success. I am eager to acquire the training that will open the doors to senior level management. Upon completion of my MBA. I won a fixed-price contact of $2. with eight team members (including me) selected to the President’s top performers club. I maximized revenues. During my twelve-year career at various computer companies. human resources and finance. At Affinity. In 2000. My success in business development and international sales has inspired me to pursue a career in international business management. operations and global management. I upgraded my skills in marketing. I later advanced to large accounts. To leverage costs and penetrate global markets. I developed domain knowledge of certain industry verticals. Despite my successful life in Japan. I attribute my successful career progression to a combination of good planning. Affinity offers customers a fast. As Sales Manager. After my promotion to Account Manager. the old economy was experiencing a paradigm shift to the Internet age. great opportunity and a little luck.5 million from Discovery Infosystems for the development of a clinical information system portal in the healthcare space. generating 40% of the region's revenue. I managed the financial and administration of my own region. As a Sales Manager with Tyson Electronics.Raised Outside the United States / Cross-Cultural Background This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). we bundled software and services along with the PC’s. I joined Affinity Inc. Through strategic planning. we were named the firm's “best region”. calculated risk. the world’s largest economy. My responsibility was business development for the Southwest region of the US. project management oversight. With consistent annual growth of 35%. I was promoted to Regional Manager-South the same year. I accepted the challenges of management. I learned on the job. CA. Tyson became one of the preferred brands in the region. I grew the Pacific Rim Region PC division by 200% in just three years. which requires an in-depth understanding of core business fundamentals. Using the global delivery model. increasing my company's revenues and customer base. I helped corporate leaders from different industries re-define and migrate their business models to the Internet. defining the individual roles and responsibilities of all support staff. I received an unexpected chance to work in the United States. In an increasingly competitive business environment. my short-term goal is to work in the international business division of a Fortune 100 company. To lead an organization effectively. A Harvard MBA will enable me to achieve my goals. Since arriving in America. . Like my father. our development was split between centers in the United States and Japan. The increased profits resulted from the implementation of my ideas to use channel partners to better cover the territory and to package value-added solutions. as Associate Sales Director in San Diego. After spending my entire life in Japan. recruiting. effective leaders must be champions of change. I began in front-line sales. I was promoted to Director of Sales. In mid 2004. single-handedly closing multi million-dollar contracts. Through aggressive selling. In 2001. Raised Outside the United States / Cross-Cultural Background This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and Stanford University. I better understand the crosscultural challenges of global business. My current position requires constant interaction with teams of various cultural backgrounds in different parts of the world. I knew from an early age that I had a talent for sales. low-cost method to develop application software. In 2002. I couldn't resist the opportunity to expand my skills in the challenging US market. a US-based internet consulting company. With limited experience in operations. resource management skills. While at Hewlett Packard.. including the development of my direct reports.

After my first few sales. I helped them interface with project managers and find their way around town. lodging and recreational plans. explaining the benefits of the community and workforce. In most cases. great profits are possible. We then negotiated the client's technical issues and demonstrated our strengths. clients questioned the quality of the work we did in Singapore. In turn. my effectiveness was enhanced by my bicultural appreciation. In my classes at Wharton. I am also eager to augment my knowledge of American culture and become more savvy about doing business in the US. By "putting a face to the name. My arrival in America dramatically expanded my perspective of opportunities and pitfalls in the world market.Berkeley. Under the economic reforms of the last two decades. I understood the power of my personalized approach. These consumers have benefited from the liberalized economy and show great interest in foreign products." we maximized the human element of the transaction. From the moment they arrived in San Francisco. We held conference calls and video conferences to discuss project preliminaries and to break the ice between team members. which landed our initial sales. I can help others establish global corporations that embody the best aspects of both cultures. we decided how the manager should present himself to the client. While Goff Industries enjoyed increased sales. Initially. Stanford University and the University of California . decision makers at Fortune 100 companies were apprehensive about awarding contracts to an offshore entity. including glowing credentials and references from satisfied customers. his interests and his apprehensions. I quickly discovered the need to "sell" my native country in addition to our software solutions. After completing my BA in Mandarin (with honors). has progressive business practices and large opportunities for international trade. I hope to enjoy a rich dialogue that promotes understanding and tolerance between two very different cultures that have much to gain from each other. Most resistance to doing business in Singapore stems from America's outdated vision of the region. With this information. in particular. Singapore has become one of the most intriguing and potentially profitable markets of the developing world. No presentation or proposal can adequately convey Singapore's style of working. As a Software Manager for Goff Industries. The IT industry. I traveled to Singapore to make all travel." to answer questions and ease concerns on both sides. I survived a profound culture shock when I returned to the United States. For savvy partners. I sold the concept of offshore-based software development to US clients. they wondered why they ever doubted us. In any interaction. Singapore has the largest youth market in the world. professionalism or sense of commitment. we got our foot in the door. I managed purchasing and database projects in the computer industry for two years . I am eager to propose and explore possible business ventures to target this largely untapped market. many of my counterparts who lacked work experience in Singapore found it impossible to sell offshore-based solutions We often invited our prospects to visit our facility in Singapore. Even after hearing our best presentations. assuming the role of liaison between the two cultures. Despite the international scope of technology. With my background in international trade. nothing could convince them. We secured new clients only after I stepped in to bridge the gap. I provided similar guidance to consultants from Singapore who came to work on projects in the US. My transition was mitigated by my academic success at UC Berkeley. My role was to provide the "human touch. Raised Outside the United States / Cross-Cultural Background This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: UCLA. After living in Thailand for nearly fourteen years. In purchasing practice. Cultural life in Singapore is a constant negotiation between strongly held traditional values and emerging modern business practices. By selecting the right team members and introducing them properly. I accepted a position at a US firm in 1997.After obtaining my undergraduate degree in Singapore. once our customers saw positive results. who are receptive to US advertising. using my skills as a native tour guide. Yet this dynamic is quickly changing. they tend to be more experimental consumers. A few days before the client's arrival. including millions of highly educated. A well-executed tour was a crucial phase of the sales process that required the skills and fluency of a native. Although the introduction process was not unique. computer-literate people under age 15. I cleared the first critical hurdle. I provided a knowledge and perspective of both cultures that others could not. I accompanied the prospect on tours of the plant and region. I could articulate the feelings of either side. where I studied classical Chinese literature under the direction of Professor Zion Zhang. I began by coaching the offshore Project Manager about the customer.

I joined a small Internet startup. By immersing myself in the complexities of finance. I have learned that personal success includes more than simply being wealthy. Being rich brought financial freedom to my life. at the age of 24. I relished my good fortune by indulging in previously unattainable items. carefully identifying and interpreting meaningful facts to assemble a financial model that would allow for scenario and what-if analysis on key variables. I joined the firm and have been pleased with my progress within the company. After graduating with honors. Suddenly. I must read each contract thoroughly to identify key pieces of information for recording and classification. Stanford offers an excellent opportunity to acquire a solid business education in a community of like-minded professionals. Stanford's real-world education will enable me to develop the skills and understanding to become an accomplished leader in the world economy. In addition to my full-time job as purchasing manager at CBY Computer. On several occasions. I am eager to embrace all relevant opportunities to increase my knowledge of the global economy. I was solicited by Microsoft. With its intriguing classes. I hope to lead my own financial services organization. During the past eight years. I valued success strictly in monetary terms. I was at my most confused and least fulfilled as a 24-year-old self-made millionaire. I continually improve my analytical and interpretation skills by managing a national contract project that involves the collection and capture of over one thousand domestic contracts into a centralized repository. which gave me the opportunity to showcase both my writing skills and my purchasing knowledge. I am compelled to intertwine my corporate experience and higher education with my passion for international relations and intercultural communication. I was captivated with foreign exchange risk and political risk. Finance seemed like a foreign language that was filled with challenging new terms and unusual acronyms. When I first graduated from college. I recently jumped at the chance to re-write of our company’s purchasing policy manual. As project manager. After adapting the academic manuals for corporate use. as these issues have tremendous impact on the outcome of a financial analysis project of international scope. global focus and overseas study programs. After playing an exciting game of compensation negotiation.before I decided to bolster my career with a few classes in business. My short-term goals were exclusively devoted to improving my financial status and living conditions. I was so eager to become fluent in this wonderful new language that I completed a second degree in business administration. My classes in international finance were particularly appealing. I also miss the vibrancy of a multicultural environment. During my first class in finance. it went public as one of the most successful IPOs at that time. As I approach the MBA admissions process. Because the contracts are long and complex. Although I enjoy my success in an industry-respected firm. I was a multi-millionaire. I was also offered a teaching assistanceship from my professor of quantitative business. I am eager to advance to a leadership position that will use my background in finance. along with unexpected challenges and frustrations. my success hinges on my ability to understand the language and subtle nuances of each document. which valued my dual background in purchasing and financial analysis. In fact. I subsequently enrolled in night school at California State University to learn more about purchasing and supply management. like a big house and a great . Professionally. My finance classes taught me to read critically and to incorporate unwritten implications into my overall analysis of a case or situation. I am eager to create a career that balances my need for achievement with the fulfillment of my personal passions. A year later. I developed indispensable analytical skills I could not have gained otherwise. How Do You Define Success? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and UCLA (Anderson). Eventually. The company succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. serving corporate clients and small investors in the Pacific Rim. I scrutinized case studies. hoping to learn fast in a dynamic environment. At first. In May 1996. I researched internal problems and presented my oral and written recommendations to executive management. I created a forty-page document that is posted on our website for company-wide reference. I found myself mesmerized by the complexity and elegance of the material.

I initially defined success in monetary terms. candles and other religious artifacts to rural churches in the Southwest. I obtained my graduate degree from Arizona State University and landed a high paying job. Although getting rich satisfied my short-term goal. they lost their luster. As an adult. losing nearly a million dollars in stock options. rather than myself. I derive more satisfaction from serving my community than from toiling long hours at work . After growing up without amenities. I was particularly inspired by people who used their gifts and blessings to discover their life’s purpose and pursue their own unique path. By testing and building my strength under difficult conditions. I became committed to finding mine. I left my lucrative position at the Internet company. Success is doing what I love and making a positive impact on the world around me. my perception of success has changed dramatically. uncertain of what I wanted to achieve with my life. I developed new hobbies. I no longer focus on how others perceive me or how my performance compares to someone else’s. I also felt powerless. After witnessing their joy.car. I have found a joy I never dreamed possible. Increasingly. I realized that my initial definition of success was not my own. it didn't change who I was or give me direction. I am always growing. Because of my young age. cultures and viewpoints over the last five years. I was not satisfied once I attained the financial success that I had always coveted. but that inherited from others. regardless of material gain. How Do You Define Success? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Northwestern University (Kellogg) and UCLA (Anderson). fledgling wholesale company that sells Bibles. Yet once those tangible things were easy to obtain. such as running and tennis. I eventually realized that the power of my success wasn't what I could buy. but what I could offer to others. alternative venture. working for a foundation and organizing a food drive at work. In 2003. changing and evolving. After completing my bachelor’s program with distinction. I discovered that successful people share a common characteristic – an immense passion for their pursuits. By setting my expectations higher than my current knowledge and experience. I consider my success not having money. My leadership role now includes the design and implementation of effective fund raising programs. My new position. I am blessed with many years to confidently meet new challenges and goals. paying a fraction of my former salary. After working with people from different backgrounds. I discovered the ultimate source of my fulfillment. I recovered from the “sudden rich syndrome” and focused on new goals. I pursued every goal with an eye on material success. I have redefined what it means to succeed on my own terms. I lead an energetic team of 20 people who love what they do and feel connected to their life's purpose. as my financial future was tied to the volatile ups and downs of the stock market. reach the top and acquire significant fame and fortune. I wanted to beat the competition. By helping others improve their lives. but having the freedom and dedication to serve and help others. By focusing on what I can do for others. I became both physically and mentally healthy. Ironically. As a young adult. I felt lost for a time. success was defined strictly by financial standing. I participated in community activities. I will contribute my appreciation for rigorous self-examination and my value-based approach to life to Wharton's diverse community. The transformation left me energetic and passionate. When I considered my aspirations. is as marketing VP for a small. Most acquaintances thought I was insane to leave my previous lifestyle to pursue a risky. To them. I also keep a good balance between my work and my personal life. I know better. pushing myself to my physical limit.

psychology. medicine. Studying in a multicultural environment has dramatically broadened my personal perspective. a high-tech consultant from Japan. After high school graduation. we design web sites for college students who are marketing themselves to employers in the United States. success is a process that encourages me to expand my life to continually discover the limits of my potential. In your superior learning environment. I feel successful. I felt less jubilant a year later. we form a special blend that is versatile. where entrepreneurs are considered greedy capitalists. Even at age sixteen. True joy comes not from my performance. I place a high value on situations that broaden my perspective of life and force me to re-evaluate my place in it. we risk our reputation and somehow manage to create something from nothing. entrepreneurs are agents of change. Following business school. What goes up must eventually come down. I've discovered that most elderly people in Beijing have a dire need for proper housing. Combining our diverse strengths. but a way of life. I made my first international relocation. To me. moving from China to India to attend college. Looking back. West Toronto. The cross-cultural program at Harvard will enable me to become a multidisciplinary problem solver and to launch my future ventures on a global scale. I sold hand-painted T-shirts from my own kiosk at our local shopping mall. Those of us who start our own businesses see (and act upon) opportunities that others do not. The crux is how to maintain a sustained upward motion. As for . conducting interviews at Peking University and the National University of China with students who major in gerontology. By using my skills as a manager to benefit cancer victims in my community. I plan to return to my native China to pursue a venture of premier social relevance. In four years. With our diverse skills. I have established friendships with people from a dozen countries and formed an "India office" in my bedroom at the dorm. With a wing and a prayer. and me. In my native China. but from the satisfaction of exploring a new challenge or horizon. the inventor and the doer. regardless of whether I will excel at them. open-minded and dynamic: traditional Confucian team spirit with Gandhian perseverance and Japanese diligence. I considered failure a small price to pay for the fulfillment of a personal dream. I am responsible for recruiting teams of 200 volunteers and coordinating their activities to support Relay for Life. In my current volunteer activity for the Canadian Cancer Society. I am more inclined to seek new hobbies and experiences. I started my own business just to show everyone how wrong they were. I maintain a dramatically different perspective. Six months later. I triumphantly paid back my father the money he had loaned me for startup capital. As I re-direct my goals toward self-improvement. law. the visionary. With my strong entrepreneurial spirit. Success in no longer a goal. I will further develop my intellectual capabilities and entrepreneurial drive. “You’re too young. recreation and companionship. Why don’t you just enjoy being your age?” Rebellious and ambitious. At age sixteen. My management team includes a financial analyst from India. I am currently investigating this area. I have always been the dreamer. urban planning and public policy. adding luster to the distinguished program. I have always defined success as having the courage to pursue my own ambitions. Newton’s law taught me to know better. In this respect. How Do You Define Success? This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School and Northwestern University (Kellogg). As a result. my business contacts and my understanding of the world economy.to receive a larger bonus. Part of my motivation for obtaining an MBA in the United States is to investigate the steps that Americans have taken to profitably serve the needs of the elderly.000 to support cancer-related research and education. The demographic shift that resulted from China's "single child policy" has created huge opportunities in the elder market. when a national discount chain leased an anchor store in the mall and quickly put me out of business. This fund raising program plans to raise $250.

we both knew that their addictions precluded making positive lifestyle choices. As a self-made African-American woman. growing and reaching for my dreams. She treats all people with respect. Many were unable to read the simplest legal documents. It's a stressful. Role Models This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. while others were fighting for child support from irresponsible ex-lovers. Although she could have pursued a lucrative career in private practice. Regardless of the complexity of a case. Many times. I was born to a single mother in South Detroit and lived alone with her in an abandoned old building. But she was never motivated by the trappings of success. my mother worked three days a week at the Hartfield Legal Clinic in South Detroit. On any given afternoon. she also managed to instill those same attributes in me. As a social worker for the city of Detroit. my mother was a talented attorney who could have secured a partnership at one of Detroit's finest law firms. For the past twelve years. Most used illegal drugs. I didn't know that the clinic was considered the "bad" part of town or that my mother was considered crazy to practice there. Finally. I believe that the social worker who intervened with my family saved my life. After completing my MBA. several supplemented their welfare checks by engaging in prostitution. as a single mother. it is always within my reach. Some were being evicted. Because good child-care was always hard to find. But she never forgot where she came from or the people who helped her along the way. I began to volunteer at the clinic and do my part to help the community. That isn't simply idealistic rhetoric. I will continue to volunteer in my community and share my blessings with those who lack the benefits of a good education. Although they gave my mom lip service about trying to be healthy. Rather that use her education as a "ticket" out of South Detroit. I often accompanied my mother to work when my after-school babysitter called in sick. My mother was mentally ill and began to disappear from our room for extensive periods of time. To her. Yet my motivation is inherently personal. I am committed to rebuilding our city and banishing illegal drugs from our streets. I was taken by a social worker named Mary to an intake facility and subjected to the first physical exam of my life. I have fought vigilantly to protect our poor. She encouraged them to assert themselves in unfair situations and demand what was rightfully theirs. often thankless job that is huge in scope and sometimes unbearably painful. as long as I am learning. regardless of their race. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). I sat under her office desk. I am my mother's daughter. As I grew older. my mother worked behind the scenes to find a bed for a client at a public hospital or rehab facility. it became my playground on many late afternoons. she dedicated her life to helping the poor residents of South Detroit. I plant to work in public service. she'd see up to twenty clients who wrestled with a wide range of problems. she never stopped trying. Encouraged to be quiet. Role Models This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. Mary stayed with me while her colleagues scrubbed my lean . In every way possible. Throughout my career. when I was 4. My mother would calmly and slowly read each line to them and make sure that they understood their rights. After working hard for everything she had. A family law specialist. Amazingly. my mother didn't take kindly to disrespect and abuse. I was more aware of the misfortunes that ravaged many of our client's' lives. My mother is an inspirational role model for many reasons. University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. developing policies to help inner city residents. Although she rarely saved anyone. To an outsider.success. she fiercely protected the interests of her clients. my mother viewed it as a resource to help revitalize the community. she disappeared for good. income or social status. neglected children whose parents are drug addicts. my mother took great pride in escaping a life of poverty and graduating from law school. working at the free legal clinic on South Main Street was a calling that she simply could not ignore. unnoticed by the steady stream of clients who came and left. I am a success. By age 18. Northwestern University (Kellogg) and New York University (Stern). As a child.

that is usually not possible. Most of our benefactors lack the personal perspective that I have acquired from growing up in the system. After college. I followed every game on television and radio. Mary and I often discuss the best way to solve the problems in Detroit. sports ultimately taught me a lot about working on a team. After two decades of watching and playing competitive sports. Guidry won five straight Gold Glove awards.000 rapturous fans. I'm not sure social services realizes the rare gem they have in her. Although we always try to repair the original family unit. I am committed to doing my part. starvation or a violent encounter. despite my passion for the game.black arms and pulled dozens of lice off my head. he left the field to play the drums with the Beach Boys. I watched Ron Guidry pitch a game for the very first time. From my work. my mentor and role model. I also plan to acquire the communication skills to articulate our needs to the lawmakers who represent us in Congress. A media darling. When I feel overwhelmed by my job. I am inspired by Mary. Yet I continue to be haunted by the thought of where I would be if the social workers were not called to rescue me from that abandoned building. The problems are as severe as I remember. Although I can't save the world. Mary personalizes a system that is infamous for being overworked and detached. I know our critical needs and how to best approach them. miraculously. Yet I thoroughly enjoyed playing on a softball team. I favored the flamboyant Guidry over the less famous players because of his ability to energize the crowd. For three long months. No one knows how many other kids are living in equally dire circumstances. Parents die. My position as a case worker for the Department of Human Services requires me to intervene in situations that are very similar to my own as a young boy. Competing to win was secondary to the dazzling show that Ron Guidry put on. Some of my headiest college memories involve the adrenaline rush that accompanied a great hit and the lump in my throat when we unexpectedly lost. I want to rise to a position where I can allocate resources to where they will make the most difference. I might never have found a home. We have serious problem with societal breakdown in our inner cities that must be exposed. Happy endings are rare. the game was rarely won or lost by just one person's skills. clothed and taught to live as a functioning human being. Looking back. I was crazy about the New York Yankees. along with the coveted Cy Young Award. I returned to South Detroit to work as a social worker. I took great pride in fighting a good fight and exceeding my own standards. Even when my team was outmatched. I will always been grateful for their love. attended schooI or had a chance for a normal life. With a JD / MBA. From my childish perspective. striking out his competitors at an inconceivable pace. I lived with them until I graduated from college and I consider them my family. I remove children from dangerous and neglectful situations that usually originate from their parents' addictions. are imprisoned or do not want to reclaim their children. I will be able to write successful grant proposals. I couldn't imagine a better role model. Although my primary goal was recreation. Once. They don't understand the root problems. she is still working at Social Services to make our city a better place. Role Models This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Stanford University and the University of Virginia. sports were mostly for entertainment. As a young boy in Brooklyn. At that time in my life. and nurturance in my life. At age six. I was the poster child for the "hard to place" adoptee. Joe and Vivian Fox loved me unconditionally from the moment our eyes met and they gave me the only home I've ever known. After all these years. Watching him dazzle a stadium of 20. I could easily have died from neglect. I was taken in by an older African American couple who were up to the challenge of raising an abandoned. after an unexpected victory. I never shared Guidry's ability to strike out batters or to hit a grand slam home run. he was like a firecracker that could go off at any moment. Even with a "star" player. yet I am committed to being part of the solution. Yet. I now view athletics quite differently. hyperactive 7-yearold boy. Unfortunately. develop programs and lobby for money. He quickly became my hero. support. For several years. both for his amazing ability to throw a curveball and for his obvious love of baseball. paying close attention to the play-by-play commentary. during my first trip to Yankee Stadium. I lived in a county rehab facility where I was fed. assessed and solved. Keeping the .

including financial modeling. Today. a non-profit group that organized a summer enrichment program to support and nurture "average" students. I have invested considerable time and energy mentoring other talented students who were at risk of falling through the cracks of the public school system. playing to our strengths and concealing our weaknesses. we attracted the interest of twenty new members and helped to restore the quality of the HSA. By sharing the richness of the Haitian culture. Looking back. Before I assumed the presidency. I wondered why anyone had ever labeled him "average. Likewise. I struggled to develop my analytical nature. I discovered that he primarily needed my emotional support. the HSA had been inactive for two years and needed an influx of energy to attract and retain student interest. but in promoting his own career. but push their potential within that framework to achieve the team's objectives. and as the training program proceeded. a young man of great enthusiasm and intelligence. Despite his bright smile and exceptional memory. As I began to work with Eliot. Ironically. All too often. Eliot is a confident and successful business major. it was the persistence of my team mates that kept me going. he was removed to the hallway – away from distraction. In team events. which featured Haitian artwork and literature. I tutored and mentored Eliot James. which were more intense. I encouraged him to resist the tendency to doubt himself. After reading Eliot’s recent e-mail describing the intriguing and challenging course he is taking next semester. along with Haitian food.other team at bay required split-second timing and collaboration. my heroes are the clutch performers who play within their limitations. Since that rewarding summer. his priority was not helping his team mates. away from instruction. every man in the outfield had a vital job to do. challenging and voluminous than any textbook I had ever used. They may not be the most graceful or talented players. (1) My three-week financial training program at JP Morgan Chase involved several areas in which I had no previous experience. I organized the first Haitian exposition on the Howard campus. he became frustrated in class and was distracted by the disruptive students around him. but they come through when the team needs them most. (2) As the President of the Haitian Student Association (HSA) at Howard University. Eliot made significant strides that summer and continued to work with me after the program ended. With someone to believe in him. to discount his achievements. I joined the Hope Collaborative. Each child has taught me valuable lessons about teaching and motivating people to achieve their personal best. For three two-hour sessions each week. (3) During the summer of 2001. the true victory was in our special camaraderie. I arrived early before each day’s class to practice what I had learned the night before. To compete with other extracurricular activities on campus. Throughout the course. My hard work paid off. a maverick like Ron Guidry is no longer my idea of a hero. where I must analyze business processes and develop solutions with confidence and skill. the need for restraint and controlled aggression is equally important." Most Valuable Accomplishments This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology . or to critically compare himself to other people. As a result. in both business and baseball. financial analysis and computation and business simulations. They are the unsung heroes behind every so-called "superstar. when the going was tough. Today. I worked diligently to promote the Haitian culture and heritage on campus. Northwestern University (Kellogg) and Columbia University." Most Valued Accomplishments This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Harvard Business School. Although I was thrilled by our hard-fought wins. Although there is a place for showmanship in athletics. I pored over the examples and instruction manuals. I changed the nature of the club’s traditional activities. As the youngest member of the class. Eliot struggled to learn basic vocabulary and math. Conquering the training program was critical to my success at the firm. My primary goal was to foster a greater sense of cohesion among the members and make the club successful. After studying my financial and accounting books each evening. these were the same behaviors that I had suffered when I was Eliot’s age. We gelled together as a cohesive unit. in his first year of college at the University of Florida. I became more skilled and knowledgeable.

2) My second major accomplishment was starting my own thriving internet business. Many times. With a few minor equipment modifications. I volunteered in the oncology ward at the International University Clinic in Beijing. our . I know that I can face future fears calmly. an employment matching service for medical personnel in the New England area. the satisfaction was better than I ever expected. I made several long-term friendships with the patients who obtained chemotherapy at our facility. In addition to working with patients. who struggled with similar side effects and treatment regimens. I simply listened quietly as patients shared with me their hopes and fears for the future. My second accomplishment was completing the Boston Marathon in 2002. Simply participating in the marathon was an exhilarating experience. I refused to abandon my goal. I ran five miles and cross-trained with a rigorous program of swimming and bicycling. By making these personal connections. I yielded the same full-roasted taste as fully ripe beans. Fifteen-year-old Juanita was an absolute dynamo. 1) As the daughter of a cancer survivor. By combining a pre-harvest carbon dioxide spray and a postharvest acid wash. My final accomplishment was overcoming my lifelong fear of flying. www. it made a huge difference in my life. Although I didn't take home a trophy. Using my fluency in both English and Mandarin. rationally and without undue emotional distress. full of questions about our country. Although the achievement may seem minor to others. Completed a Marathon. I developed a new method to artificially accelerate the ripening of cocoa. As a result. At twenty-three. Every morning. 3) My final accomplishment was hosting a Costa Rican exchange student during her academic year in the United States. a few hundred dollars and a vision for cost-effective advertising. I shared my experience of being the daughter of a cancer survivor. To my amazement. I experienced a wide range of emotions: sadness. Most Valued Accomplishments This applicant was accepted by the following business schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) and Dartmouth University (Tuck).com. we enjoyed several long discussions about my patients in the United States. a short jaunt around San Francisco with the comforting guidance of our three teachers. we shared a powerful bond in our fight against a common disease. and the University of Virginia Championed an Innovation at Work. Although the training was solitary and unfulfilling. I am eager to obtain formal business training to expand my current venture. I continue to enjoy the success of my business. On a personal level. I began the project with an idea.newenglandnurses. Overcoming My Fear of Flying. Although my patients in Beijing were from a dramatically different culture. Using my local contacts. As a research scientist for Nestle. Although the program was well-done. During the summer of 2003. When I crossed the finish line. no one vomited and my stomach quickly recovered from its strong attack of butterflies.000 in gross receipts and became my primary source of income. which is known for its aggressive experimental treatment regimens.(Sloan). Under the guidance of three American airlines crew members. I then re-negotiated my fee structure to a sliding-scale. Over a three-month period. During the famed 26-mile run. I served as a translator for doctors from the United States. we didn't crash. I quickly obtained my first listings and arranged 20 placements in my first month. I learned about several promising experimental techniques that are being evaluated in Asia.com surpassed $100. fear. Throughout the summer. I returned with a newfound sense of confidence about all of life's possibilities. After its first year of operation. I managed to silence my inner demons long enough to enroll in American Airlines "Curb Your Fear" class with ten other white-knuckled flyers. I discovered the power of friendship and compassion in a patient's recovery. rage. After completing my degree in nursing. the pilot run confirmed that the artificial ripening method is viable on a commercial scale. I conquered an irrational fear and opened my mind to a new world of travel possibilities. I channeled this interest into a series of rewarding positions as an oncology nurse and public health advocate.newenglandnurses. the real test was the actual graduation flight. or "weekend warrior. I received a US Patent for the method and was named Nestle's 2003 Researcher of the Year. I have always felt a strong affinity with patients who struggle with the disease. I later implemented the method at Nestle's experimental cocoa farm in Brazil. After years of being a casual runner. acting as liaison between qualified applicants and desirable jobs." I made a personal commitment to fitness. Dartmouth University (Tuck). we completed three weeks of lectures and demonstrations about aviation safety. depending upno the salary of the position and the subsequent tenure of the applicant. www. exhaustion and occasional delirium.

we made a powerful connection that dramatically improved the value of our lives. Juanita made me appreciate the small blessings in my life and warmed my heart with unconditional acceptance. non-judgmental observer. she was amazed by Boston's subway and skyscrapers. Despite our geographical. For the entire year. .educational system and our government. After growing up in a small town. along with our penchant for shopping and junk food. ideological and cultural differences. I saw my world through the fresh eyes of a non-cynical.

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